Terminally-ill toddler Tess Sullivan met Father Christmas and enjoyed riding reindeers during a holiday in Lapland.
The three-year-old who is one of 50 infants in the world to have Alexander disease, a degenerative disorder, flew out to the home of Christmas thanks to Observer readers who kindly donated to the Tess Sullivan appeal.
Tess's mum Helen, 31, of Huncoat, said the five-day trip was perfect for Tess and the rest of the family and has thanked the community for their kindness.
She said: "Tess loved it and went to an ice hotel, took part in an elf adventure where she made Christmas decorations, rode on a reindeer ride and saw Father Christmas.
"It’s a place like no other because you feel so far removed from everything else. There was no stress and no worries," she added.
Brave Tess has already undergone surgery to remove parts of her skull after being diagnosed with pressure to the brain.
Since the Observer started a campaign to help Tess, who lives lives in Huncoat with parents Helen and Steve and her brothers Tyler, 12, and Max, one, well over £8,000 has been raised.
Helen said people's generosity is helping the Sullivan family create many magical memories with their beloved Tess. She said: "It was special for Tyler to have that special time with his little sister in Lapland.
"They are great memories to treasure for the days, weeks and months to come. And this was all because of people’s generosity. The trip was absolutely stunning. The whole environment was just magical and everyone was just making the trip special. Tess was so engaged that it was delightful.
"She is visually stimulated by things so it was perfect. All the hard work that people have done really came to fruition when you could see her little face which was just alight the whole time. If she had carried on beaming she would have melted all the snow."
The Sullivans are now creating a sensory bedroom for Tess to help stimulate her vision and will enjoy a Disney Cruise holiday next year thanks to kind donations and fundraising.
Unfortunately Tess suffered a severe epileptic fit after returning from the five-day Lapland break and spent time in hospital and at home recovering.
Helen added: "We have the highs and the lows which is what our life is like. Tess picked up an infection after she had the fit and was poorly for a couple of days. But she was well enough to perform on her school’s Christmas play which was magical."
You can donate to the Sullivan family in aid of Tess through the Paypal account 73HFRARXZJ3TG in the name of Helen Sullivan and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also donate by making cheques payable to Helen Sullivan C/O St Peter's Primary School, St Peter's Road, Newchurch, Rossendale, Lancashire. For more information on Tess’s story see the 'Help Tess Sullivan' group on Facebook.