Secret santa! Parents whisk brave children away on Lapland adventure

Thumbs up! Father Christmas with Oliver Carr
Thumbs up! Father Christmas with Oliver Carr

Parents sprung a special Christmas surprise on three young children who face a daily battle with illness, after a charity helped them whisk the youngsters away to see Father Christmas in Lapland.

The families of Oliver Carr, Mackenzie Miners and Faith Robinson all knew they would be heading on a magical adventure to the Arctic Circle in March, but kept it from them until they flew off to Finland at the beginning of the month.

Oliver with a reindeer

Oliver with a reindeer

The trio – pictured on the trip on this page were part of a group who travelled to see Father Christmas thanks to charity When You Wish Upon A Star.

Oliver and Mackenzie, both aged six, are from Boston and have care at Pilgrim Hospital for Type 1 diabetes along with five-year-old Faith, from Spalding.

The children arrived at Humberside Airport in the early hours of Wednesday, December 3, where they were greeted by various cartoon characters, singers and entertainers.

Following a plane ride to Lapland, the children met Father Christmas and visited the ‘enchanted forest’ where they enjoyed sledging, a magical reindeer ride and were treated to toasted marshmallows by the fire.

Oliver, Mackenzie and Faith

Oliver, Mackenzie and Faith

They also visited Santa’s village and his post room.

The day was not without its dramas for Oliver, but all three thanked the charity for an ‘amazing’ trip.

Jenny Carr, Oliver’s mum, said: “Unfortunately even a trip to Lapland doesn’t allow the children to have day off from diabetes.

“In fact it was probably one of the hardest days since diagnosis as Oliver suffered quite serious hypos both on the plane and in Lapland as a result of excitement and low temperatures.

“It was a magical day but it really has highlighted that Type 1 diabetes is a difficult condition to manage every single day and these brave children truly deserve this trip of a lifetime.”