Twin brothers who have both battled cancer have had their wishes granted on daytime TV thanks to a charity initiative.
Logan and Regan Skinner, aged six, appeared with their family on the Text Santa edition of Jeremy Kyle, and were given a series of fantastic gifts – including a new spa pool, a holiday to Tenerife, and a trip to Legoland.
The boys’ grandad Julian Thompson said it was ‘brilliant’.
He said: “The team had a way with children and it went really, really well.”
Logan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in July 2012; the family went through further turmoil when Regan was diagnosed with the same condition a year later.
At one point both boys were taking chemotherapy tablets every day and travelling to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, for chemotherapy. Logan has now finished his course of chemotherapy. Regan will not finish his treatment until October this year.
On the show, Jeremy Kyle praised the boys and their families and said the pair ‘have been so brave’. “I hope you have a great time, you deserve this so much,” he added.
Mum Casey Skinner said she had agreed to do the show because she wanted to give something back to the Make A Wish Foundation - a charity that had previously supported the family. The foundation helped organise the special episode, along with the gifts, and was one of the charities that ITV’s Text Santa initiative raised funds for, along with Macmillan Cancer Support and Save The Children.
She said the twins ‘loved the day’. “They got so many presents and were so pleased. They had a really good time,” she said.
A spokesman for Make A Wish said: “When our volunteers visited Regan, he decided he’d like a spa pool in the garden of their home that his whole family could share.
“The day when Regan got to climb into the bubbly water and splash about with his brother was so exciting! It’s something the boys can share – bringing joy into their lives as Regan goes through treatment.”
The family have also been given £500 from Mick Small of MS Events, Boston, to donate to a cause of their choice and hope to present it to the Pilgrim Hospital Children’s Ward soon.