Help send poorly sisters to Santa’s home in Lapland

Rosie and Mia Basford dream of visiting Lapland.
Rosie and Mia Basford dream of visiting Lapland.

Two youngsters with brittle bone disease are hoping to meet the home of Father Christmas in Lapland.

Children’s charity Dreams Come True is hoping to make their dream a reality through its £50,000 festive fundraising appeal.

The cash will be spent to make the dreams of 25 children come true - among them is Bedford sisters Mia, aged eight and Rosie, aged four.

Their condition means they both have extremely low immune systems and struggle every day with pain.

Even at such a young age, Mia has suffered 17 broken bones and has to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital every three months for three day drug infusions.

The bone disease also means that Rosie’s legs constantly collapse and lock, causing her a lot of pain during day and night, making sleeping difficult.

Their mum Helen said: “The girls are incredibly brave and have already been through so much for such young ages.

“It’s been difficult for the family to see Mia and Rosie go through pain every day bit this trip to Lapland would provide some welcome relief from the hospital visits and allow us to spend some precious time together as a family.

“They would absolutely love to see where Santa lives.”

Dreams Come True serves the whole of the UK and aims to make dreams come true for children with serious and life-limiting conditions.

Charity chief executive Peter Newman said: “Spending quality time together as a family is incredibly important and fulfilling this dream to Lapland would create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. We need as much help as possible this Christmas to raise as much as we can to make dreams like Mia and Rosie’s come true.”

To donate to Dreams Come True’s Christmas appeal, visit www.dreamscometrue.uk.com or text HOHO24 £5 to 70070.