A Doncaster youngster was treated to a charity trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Florida months after her sister died from a rare disease.
Mollie Nickels, nine and mum Carol jetted off to Florida to film for Text Santa which will be shown on ITV’s This Morning today to help promote the work of charities Together for Short Lives and Bluebell Wood.
Bluebell Wood was instrumental in supporting the Nickels family after 15-year-old Faye died from a rare disease in April.
Medical experts told Faye’s mum Carol they had never seen anyone else in the world with the specific mutation of the incurable mitochondrial disease that was attacking every cell in her body.
Carol, who is continuing to fundraise for Bluebell Wood and the Children’s Mitochondrial Disease Network, said: “Bluebell Wood were so amazing that we wanted to help promote them as much as possible.
“When I got the call saying Bluebell Wood had chosen to send us to Disneyland I didn’t believe it at first.
“I had to keep it a secret from Mollie and then we went to London and Peter Andre told her the news she was in complete shock.
“The trip was amazing we got to meet the cast of Frozen so Mollie was in her element.
“Mollie helped turn the Disney Christmas lights on in front of thousands of people which was fabulous and we went out on a boat to watch the fireworks, the whole trip was amazing and very surreal.”
The holiday was bittersweet however as mum Carol said Faye was never far from her mind. Carol of Suton Road, Suton said: “There wasn’t a minute that went by that I didn’t think about Faye, every time we did something I thought Faye would have loved this
“But Mollie really deserved this trip and it was lovely to have some real bonding time because for two years while Faye was ill she never really had my full attention.”
n The Children’s Mitochondrial Disease Network www.cmdn.org.uk or call 01606 43946.
Bluebell Wood visit www.bluebellwood.org or contact 01909 517360.