Louise’s wish comes true

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A LITTLE girl’s wish came true when her favourite TV character, Mr Tumble, came to life.

Four-year-old Louise Francis, from Horbury, was whisked away to London to meet the CBeebies clown by the charity Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Louise suffers from cerebral palsy and loves watching Mr Tumble who teaches children using Makaton – a special language invented for youngsters with communication difficulties.

Her mum Lisa Murray, 31, said: “Ever since Louise could watch telly, she’s loved Mr Tumble to bits.

“She was really shocked when she met him, she couldn’t believe it was happening but she loved every minute of it.”

Louise was born prematurely when she was only 26 weeks old.

She has to use a walker to get around and a hearing aid to help her communicate.

Miss Murray, of The Shutt, said: “She loves Mr Tumble’s songs and dances, she always joins in.

“She couldn’t stop smiling after she met him in person.”

Louise’s aunt, Margaret Kirkham, got in touch with Make-A-Wish Foundation which organised the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The whole family, including Jordan, her 13-year-old brother, and dad Duncan Francis, 39, were also treated to a VIP trip on the London Eye and a visit to an aquarium during the special trip last month.

Make-A-Wish Foundation is a charity which gives children suffering from life-threatening illnesses once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

It hopes to grant 1,000 wishes per year.

For more information about Make-A-Wish www.make-a-wish.org.uk or call 01276 405060.