Just before Christmas I was contacted by Ellie, who referred to herself as a “Wishgranter” from Make-A-Wish UK, who was curious to know whether I’d be available to photograph a delightful family for something really rather special they were planning at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Their charity grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of young people and children fighting life-threatening conditions, and when I heard about the wish child and what they were planning for him of course I said yes I’ll donate my photography for you!

And I was so glad I did, not only were the family so amazing, and their love, support and commitment to each other obvious for us all to see, but I got to be transported back to being a kid again myself. Why? Well let me tell you…

Twas a few days before Christmas and all through Wentworth Castle not a creature was stirring,
(well, except for us #WishMakers and a couple of reindeer)

The stockings were hung in the grotto with care,
because St Nicholas was waiting for the family there.

Filling their boots with warm popcorn, having played in the snow and said hello to two of Santa’s reindeer it was soon time to meet the big man himself. He was everything I remembered him to be, and felt like I was 5 again. The family all gathered around while he gave the boys their fantastic gifts, then we were all treated to him reading “Twas the night before Christmas.”

Afterwards it was time for the boys to enjoy some hot chocolate, colouring in and some beautiful light displays. Eyes were twinkling and far too soon it was time to go home. But as we headed back to our cars we’re sure we spotted Saint Nick and his sleigh flying overhead with the stars, and with that it was a “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Magical wishes come true but only with the help of a team of hard-working volunteers  and all donations no matter how big or small are always welcome.

http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk

http://www.wentworthcastle.org/

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