November 9, 2010
Brave youngster to open Santa's grotto in Brent Knoll
brave youngster from Mark has won a competition to officially
open Santas Grotto at a garden centre in Brent Knoll later
Mia Marshall, 7, has been chosen to officially open Sanders Garden
World's grotto by cutting a ceremonial ribbon at 11am this Saturday
Manager Peter Burks told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We recently
opened our Winter Wonderland displays to customers. However, we
are now officially launching our Santa's grotto and we held a
competition to search for a special child to come to the event
as our VIP guest."
"Mia is clearly a deserving winner. She has overcome some
considerable health-related challenges and her positive outlook
has really impressed us."
Mia was born with a rare genetic condition called Turner Syndrome,
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.
Mia, who attends East Brent First School and enjoys riding her
pony, must have growth hormone treatments to ensure that she continues
Mum Libby explained: "She is such a happy little girl, despite
needing daily injections and ongoing operations. Mia never lets
her condition get her down and even though she often has to spend
time in hospital, she doesnt complain at all."
"She was really excited to hear that she has been chosen
to open Santas grotto at Sanders Garden World."
Mia will be awarded with a free pass for four people to the Winter
Wonderland and four free passes to visit Father Christmas in his
Peter added: "This year, we have also chosen four runners
up who will also each receive four free entry passes to Santas
grotto. They are 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."
To visit Santa's grotto and the separate Winter Wonderland Experience
together costs £6.50 per child and includes a gift. Entry
to the Winter Wonderland for adults costs £1.50 per person.
This excludes a visit to Father Christmas and his grotto except
when an adult is accompanying a child.