Skipton youngsters spend the day with Santa in Lapland

Craven Herald: Emmerdale actors Nick Miles, John Middleton   and Jack Downham with Brooklands pupils Maxwell Broadley, nine, Oliver Ley, six, and Oliver’s mum, Stacey Hanson Emmerdale actors Nick Miles, John Middleton and Jack Downham with Brooklands pupils Maxwell Broadley, nine, Oliver Ley, six, and Oliver’s mum, Stacey Hanson

Two boys from a Skipton special school enjoyed a day trip to Lapland provided by a charity.

Maxwell Broadley, nine, and Oliver Ley, six, who are pupils at Brooklands Special School, were granted the trip by the When You Wish Upon A Star charity.

Maxwell, who has Cri du chat syndrome, microcephaly and cerebral palsy, and Oliver, who has Wolf–Hirschhorn syndrome, were among a large group of children from across Yorkshire and Humberside who were accompanied by celebrities from Holby City and Emmerdale on the trip to Santa Claus Village.

The boys were taken to the Enchanted Forest where they had husky rides, reindeer rides, went snowmobiling and were pulled on sledges by members of the “Wish” team.

After having lunch with the Elf band, Santa arrived on his sleigh pulled by reindeer.

He then handed out gifts to all the children. The children then returned to Santa’s village, were they crossed the Arctic Circle and sent postcards from Santa’s post office.

They then met Santa again to discuss their wish list for Christmas.

Maxwell’s mum, Caroline Broadley, of Skipton, said: “It was a fantastic trip and we were very fortunate to go.

“Both little boys suffer all year with various illnesses, so it really was something else and they loved it. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

“We were taken care of from start to finish. There was an array of gifts and sweets all day long and nothing was too much for them.

“They ensured we could have the best day we could possibly have.

“It was such a moving experience and the two boys had a magical time.”

Oliver was accompanied on the trip by his mum, Stacey Hanson.

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