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Restoring Wisbech six-year-old's faith in Father Christmas by fundraising for a new hand

Friends of a Wisbech little girl are working hard to restore her faith in Father Christmas by raising £11,000 to go towards the costs of a bionic hand.

Six-year-old Hope Weston is unable to tie her own shoe laces, make toast or play with a skipping rope like other youngsters as she was born without a left hand.

With a fully functioning bionic hand, which is not available on the NHS, costing £15,000 it was out of reach for her family.

Betty Cunningham, Emma and Hope Watson and Carrie Haime (17068184)
Betty Cunningham, Emma and Hope Watson and Carrie Haime (17068184)

Hope has been asking Father Christmas for a new hand every year, but as her wish had not been answered the youngster said she no longer believes in Santa.

This sparked a fundraising campaign by family friends Betty Cunningham and Carrie Haime, who have so far managed to raise £11,000 in just a few weeks. They are hoping to raise a total of £20,000 before Christmas to ensure that Hope's wish will finally come true and fulfill her dreams of riding a horse for the first time.

Her mum Emma is astonished with the response so far.

She said: "It would mean everything to us to have this hand. Hope wants to be independent but is becoming more frustrated as she gets older."

Hope was born without her left hand after the amniotic band snapped against her.

She has been left double jointed in her left side and has no elbow joint.

Emma said: "Hope is very good at adapting."

Betty and Carrie have contacted a number of business associates who were happy to support the campaign.

Fen Ladies Darts Team, based at the Black Bear in Walsoken, and Wisbech Lions are supporting the campaign.

A charity bingo will be held in Emneth on December 5 and a number of Facebook raffles will also be held.

Betty said: "It broke my heart when Hope said she didn't believe in Father Christmas. I want to restore her faith in Father Christmas."

A Facebook page, Christmas Wish for Hope, has also been started.

Fenland people are also making a difference to life of a March youngster

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