It’s been an amazing few days for Alice Bates with the opening of her therapy play lodge and Tesco in Holbeach raising enough money to send her whole family to Disneyland Paris.
The lodge was bought through donations to the Free Press Ten for 10 Appeal and Alice cut a red ribbon to officially declare it open at a gathering of family and friends on Saturday.
Her mum, Charlotte, said: “I am extremely grateful and thankful to everyone that has helped me make the lodge a reality. The gift of space will allow me to ensure Alice fulfils her potential and stays as healthy as she possibly can.
“If I could have a wish granted it would be to have Alice healthy and end her pain – that will never be a possibility but this lodge really is the next best thing.”
The lodge houses the physiotherapy equipment that Alice needs to stay well.
As well as buying the lodge, Free Press readers and our young friends at local schools sent in hundreds of cards and Alice received more than 3,000 – including 1,000 given by Tesco employees across the region.
Tesco at Holbeach raised £3,650 on Friday and Saturday thanks to hard-working staff and their generous customers, which means the eight-strong Bates family can visit Disneyland together.
Charlotte said: “It will be a chance for all of us to make very special memories together and we will be forever in their debt.”
Tesco manager Steve Ross delivered a further surprise to Alice’s home, a Nintendo Wii Switch.
“Alice has declared it the best gift ever,” said Charlotte.