A 12-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis had her dreams come true at the weekend - getting the chance to cuddle 25 adorable puppies.
Holly Elwood, from Stowmarket, was thrown the ‘puppy party’ by the Kerry Alex Thorpe Trust, a charity which organises ‘wishes’ for children with the disorder.
The trust was set up in memory of 23-year-old Kerry Thorpe, from Kesgrave, who died in March 2014 while waiting for a lung transplant.
Holly, her nine-year-old sister Ruby and mum Paula, 44, visited specialist dog breeders Capella Cockapoos in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday - but Holly had no idea what was in store for her.
Paula said: “It was wonderful, they did such a brilliant job of surprising Holly.
“She knew she was having a wish but she thought it was to have a laptop she needs for school.
“Holly had been saying for quite some time her real wish was to be able to cuddle puppies and be smothered in them. But I poured cold water on the idea saying ‘no, you really need a computer.’
“Capella did an absolutely amazing job of surprising her - her jaw dropped and her eyes lit up when she saw the puppies. Holly spent the start of the year in hospital so this has really cheered her up.”
“We knew Kerry, she was such a lovely girl and a dog lover herself. It is such a lovely legacy for her.”
Joshua Nelli, who was Kerry’s fiancé and Chairman of the trust said: “This is our second wish day. We aim to have a surprise element in all our wishes.”
For more infromation on the trust visit www.kerryalexthorpetrust.org.uk
For more on Capella Cockapoos visit www.capellacockapoos.co.uk