A brave youngster who has learned to walk against the odds will turn on the Christmas lights in Accrington.
Three-year-old Finley Rosbotham, who is the face of our appeal to raise £20,000 for Holly House child development centre, will be the guest of honour at the official switch-on.
He will switch on the lights in front of thousands of people on November 24 at the town hall.
Mum Kelly said she and dad Ivan were over the moon with the news. She said: “It’s so exciting, I’m sure he’s going to love it.”
Finley was born without a part of his brain but has defied doctors who said he may never walk or talk.
But the youngster has exceeded expectations at every turn – with the help of staff at Holly House.
Kelly added that she hoped his twin sister Ellie would be able to join in as well.
Kelly said it would be a much-needed treat for the family.
She said: “We were planning on going to Disney over Christmas but Ivan had to reduce his hours at work after a leg operation and we can’t afford it so it’s great we’re going to have this to look forward to.”
Deputy council leader Clare Pritchard broke the news to the family this week and said Finley deserved the support of the town.
She said: “We’ve been following the appeal in the Observer and couldn’t think of anyone better than Finley to do the switch on.
“He deserves it and if it encourages people to support the appeal then so much the better. We hope everyone will come along to support him, he’s a brave little fellow.”
The switch-on will be between 5pm and 7pm.
Meanwhile, a local band has recorded a song for our appeal.
Chief Brody’s single Star is now available to buy on itunes and all the proceeds will go to our appeal.
The song is 79p and available from itunes.apple.com/gb/album/star-feat.-finleysfriends