A Bury St Edmunds company has recognised a child’s unusual Christmas wish by making a surprise donation to a charity that is working to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Frames Conservatories Direct (FCD) ran a Christmas bauble colouring competition to give primary school children in the area the chance to win tickets to the Theatre Royal’s pantomime, Cinderella.
To add a bit more interest, the children were invited to write their Christmas wishes on the back of their entries - so that they could be passed on to Santa.
Julie Cole, business development assistant at FCD, said: “FCD received an amazing 550 entries to the competition and chose nine winners to receive family tickets to the pantomime. The ‘wishes’ ranged from little brothers to Xboxes and from Frozen dresses to snow! Out of all the entries received however, one child’s Christmas wish stood out from the rest.”
Seven-year-old Freya Woodcock’s wish - for a cure for Ebola - touched FCD staff so much that they decided to make her a special winner.
Not only did they upgrade her and five family members to a box in the theatre’s Upper Circle to enjoy the pantomime, but they also made a donation of £150 to the Ebola Crisis Fund in Freya’s name.
Adrian Lewis, managing director at FCD, said: “We had in the back of our minds that if there was a wish we could grant for a particular child we would. We never imagined that it would be a wish like this.
“While we can’t deliver a cure, we hope that the donation on Freya’s behalf will help the cause in providing treatment, clean water, and protective equipment and hygiene kits. We think Freya is a very special little girl.”
Freya’s mum, Sarah, said: “Freya had seen and heard about Ebola on the news and was asking questions so I explained to her in the simplest way I could what the crisis was all about and how people were suffering. I too was touched when she chose to put a cure for Ebola as her Christmas wish – I’m very proud of her.”