November 16, 2010
Young Mia gets VIP treatment at Christmas grotto opening
very special schoolgirl from Mark received VIP treatment when
she opened Santas grotto at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden
World on Saturday (November 13th).
Mia Marshall, 7, was chosen to officially open the centre's festive
grotto by cutting a ceremonial ribbon, as pictured here.
General Manager Peter Burks told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Mia
was clearly a deserving winner. She has overcome some considerable
health-related challenges and her positive outlook really impressed
Mia was born with a rare genetic condition called Turner Syndrome
(TS), a disorder that only affects girls and means a number of
their X chromosomes are missing.
The syndrome causes physical problems such as short stature, puffy
hands and feet, heart problems, high blood pressure, visual impairments
and hearing difficulties.
won the centre's competition to search for a special child to
open the grotto.
Peter added: "This year we also chose four runners up. They
were Alex Harvey, aged one, from Highbridge, Maddie Hilyer, aged
four, from Berrow, Elliott Edwards, aged five and Katie Rendell,
aged 10, both from Burnham-On-Sea."
and all of the runners up were awarded with free passes for four
people to the centre's Winter Wonderland and four free passes
to visit Santa in his grotto.
Father Christmas, who arrived at the garden centre on a three-wheeled
motorcycle, was greeted by crowds as he got ready for his grotto
Father Christmas trike was provided by the National Association
of Bikers with a Disability. He was escorted by members of the
NABD as well as Harley Davidson motorbikes ridden by members from
the Bridgwater Chapter of the Harley Owners Group.
Santa's arrival and transport was organised by Freewheelers Emergency
Voluntary Service, which transports medical supplies to hospitals
in Somerset on 'blood bikes'.
above are Dolly El-Mahdi, Deputy Manager at Sanders Garden World,
with Father Christmas and Mia Marshall and, below, with the crowds