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'We've seen changes in the Pope' says Leicester charity

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A charity that fulfils dreams for ill children says it's shocked by the Pope's resignation, after sending nine children to see him in Italy.

The visits were organised by Wishes 4 Kids, a Leicester based charity that has brought to life dreams come true for hundreds of local youngsters.

The charity was set up by Russell Brickett.

"Total surprise. We have taken nine children for the audience with Pope Benedict, so we have seen those slight changes occur in him. But nonetheless, it is still such a great surprise," said Russell.

Over the years, children have been taken to places like Disneyland Paris and rubbed shoulders with their favourite pop stars and sporting heroes.

Eve Brant, Emily Barney and Malachy Pringle all met the Pope in Italy Credit: ITV News Central

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