Disney characters bring a smile to Joshua’s face

Josh, dad Michael and sister Danielle 12 - dec 2012

Josh, dad Michael and sister Danielle 12 - dec 2012

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DISNEY characters lit-up a little boy’s face in smiles during a trip of a lifetime.

Joshua Martina-Hopkins visited Euro Disney with his parents Michael and Michelle and sister Danielle, 12.

It was arranged by the Make A Wish Foundation in recognition of Joshua’s ongoing health battles.

The seven-year-old was struck down by a sickness and diarrhoea bug shortly after his first birthday and has been left brain damaged with Acute Striatal Necrosis.

Joshua requires round-the-clock care as the condition killed off nerves in the part of the brain that controls movement.

And, although he can’t speak, his happiness at visiting Euro Disney was evident.

“The one thing he is interested in is Disney characters and his face lit-up,” said Michelle.

“He was treated like a Prince and it was overwhelming, he got extra special treatment from the characters and staff.

Joshua is now back at Woodbank Special School, Luddenden Foot, having had to battle several chest infections over recent months.

Family and friends have set up a trust fund to build an extension at the family home at Low Laithes, Sowerby Bridge, to cope with Joshua’s future needs, and also to raise awareness of his illness.

Hundreds of pounds have been raised at recent Christmas events and Michelle said there would be a big push on fundraising this year.