Northern Ireland

Christmas dream for terminally ill NI children dashed

Santa Claus and child
Image caption Santa Claus greets a child on one of the trust's previous trips to Lapland

Over 100 terminally ill children from NI have had their hopes of meeting Santa in Lapland at Christmas thwarted.

Bad weather forced the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland Trust to call off Wednesday's day trip to the Arctic Circle.

The charity had raised over £100,000 to make the dream trip a reality.

Trust chairman Jack Rodgers said Santa would now visit the children in NI on 25 December and a rearranged trip to Lapland was planned for 3 February.

"It will be a crushing disappointment for the children but really we have had no choice," he said.

"The children all require close medical supervision and given the unpredictable nature of roads and airports we cannot take any risk of delays or mishaps.

"We have been assured by Santa that he will have no problems with the weather.

"He will be personally visiting all the children on Christmas morning in Northern Ireland plus he has invited the children to visit him at his home in Lapland in early February, when he will have more presents for them, and the aircraft is already booked."

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