Christmas comes early for toddler with rare disease

Amelia Morris suffers from a Tay Sachs disease which causes progressive damage to the nervous system. Credit: Manchester Evening News

The parents of a two-year-old with a rare genetic disease have celebrated Christmas early for their child who has months left to live.

Ameila Morris, from Wigan, suffers from Tay Sachs disease, a degenerative disorder which causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

In a bid to give her the best Christmas of her life, Amelia’s parents decided to celebrate the festive season a month early.

Her mother, Whitney Morris, 21, launched an online fundraising page in order to be able to turn the family home into a winter wonderland.

On Saturday, November 21, after hearing Amelia's story, members of the North West UK Beetles Facebook group held a special festive event in her honour.

The group decorated their classic cars with tinsel and lights before driving past the Morris' family home. They also transformed a classic VW van into Santa's grotto.

The online campaign to raise money for Amelia's Christmas has raised more than £6,000, almost double the original £3,500 target.

The Cats Foundation (Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs) have been providing care and support to the family.