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Disneyland dream comes true for Cheltenham girl Amelia-Rose, 3,

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

  • Miss Gloucester Lauren Phelps with Amelia -Rose

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AS she fights cancer, little Amelia-Rose Mason's dream to meet her favourite Disney characters will come true.

The three-year-old, who loves dressing up as a princess, has been surprised with a holiday to Disneyland.

After the Echo reported on Amelia-Rose's battle with cancer in October, the Cloud 9 charity stepped forward to give the tot a chance to visit the Paris theme park. The Echo and Cloud 9 stunned Amelia-Rose and her parents, who live in Lansdown, Cheltenham, with the all-important travel voucher on Saturday.

As Amelia-Rose was presented with the voucher, her parents' initial shock was swept away by tears of joy as they realised their dream of giving their daughter a special holiday was now a reality.

Wiping away her tears, mum Shana Rees, 21, said: "I'm absolutely stunned. I'm lost for words.

"Going to Disneyland is something Amelia-Rose has her heart set on. Without this we would never have been able to take her, because my partner is on an apprentice's wage and I have had to stop working to look after her.

"To know she is going to be able to live her dream is amazing." Amelia-Rose added: "I want to see the princesses. Rapunzel is my favourite princess."

Since being diagnosed with cancer in September, Amelia-Rose has had surgery to remove her left kidney and an attached tumour, as well as a small tumour on her right kidney.

She now has around nine months of chemotherapy to go through to beat the cancer, which has spread to her lungs, before she can go to Disneyland.

Amelia-Rose and Shana had already had a big surprise on Saturday before the Echo and Cloud 9 arrived, as dad Ben Mason, 23, had taken them to the Glevum Inn in Longlevens for a secret fundraising party. They thought they were going to a work party organised by apprentice electrician Ben's employers, but when they walked through the door they were greeted by dozens of well-wishers who had turned out to support the efforts to take Amelia-Rose to Disneyland.

Laura Mortimer organised the pub event, which raised £434, after becoming aware of Amelia-Rose's plight when Shana emailed to ask if she could donate a gift from her sweets business for a raffle for the Disneyland appeal.

The 26-year-old, from St Oswald's in Gloucester, said: "When I heard about Amelia-Rose's story, as a mum-of-two I thought that a raffle prize was not enough."

Laura got Miss Gloucester Lauren Phelps to present Amelia-Rose with a tiara, and former X Factor singer Jo Beetlestone to perform.

Scott Smurthwaite, a trustee for Cloud 9, which provides holidays for ill children, was the man to present Amelia-Rose with the voucher.

He said: "Any young child who is suffering a serious illness deserves a holiday to make them feel better. The trip to Disneyland will hopefully be a fantastic experience that they can remember forever."

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  • misstuppence  |  December 10 2012, 12:03PM

    Good to see some people with a bit of humanity! I hope that Amelia-Rose has a wonderful time.

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