Selfless schoolgirl’s plea to help ‘mum stay better’ wins Dear Santa competition

The Gazette's 'Dear Santa' winner, Lucy Hughes with her brother Matthew.
The Gazette's 'Dear Santa' winner, Lucy Hughes with her brother Matthew.

A SELFLESS little girl’s Christmas plea for her mum to get better has won our Dear Santa competition.

Lucy Hughes put pen to paper to ask Santa not for countless toys, but for her mum Charlene Mullen to “stay better forever” after she spent the last two years battling a number of ailments.

The Gazette's 'Dear Santa' winner, Lucy Hughes with her brother Matthew and mum Charleen.

The Gazette's 'Dear Santa' winner, Lucy Hughes with her brother Matthew and mum Charleen.

After receiving hundreds of letters, the Gazette decided that Lucy was a deserving winner and she’s won a giant cuddly Santa and a selection of sweets.

The 10-year-old, who also lives with big brother Matthew, 11, in Hedworth, Jarrow, wrote: “Over the last two years my mummy has been taken into hospital lots of times with pneumonia and septicaemia, which she was in intensive care.

“She only came home from hospital six weeks ago after kidney failure and she’s not that old either, only 35.

“All me and Matthew want for Christmas is for my mum to get better and stay better forever, if you can do that I promise so much to be very good.”

The Gazette's 'Dear Santa' winner, Lucy Hughes.

The Gazette's 'Dear Santa' winner, Lucy Hughes.

In her letter Lucy explained how -–while eating lunch at her school, Hedworth Lane Primary, which overlooks her home – she watched her mum being taken away by ambulance.

Miss Mullen said: “I ended up in hospital with kidney failure, which had been caused by tonsillitis of all things.

“Unfortunately they put me in the ambulance and took me away as she was having her lunch, so she saw it all and was very upset. I’ve also been back and forth to hospital with pneumonia 
and septicaemia so it’s been a rough couple of years for all of us.”

She added: “I’m very proud of Lucy’s letter, she’s such a kind little girl.”

However, Miss Mullen believes that despite her daughter’s kindness, she’s still going to be expecting a present or two from Santa tomorrow.

A laughing Miss Mullen added: “Lucy has mentioned a few things she’d like for Christmas, so I think she’d be a bit upset if there was nothing under the tree.”

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