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WATCH: Ellesmere Port girl with brittle bone disease gets a chance to ice skate

Mum Stevie is full of praise for staff at Chester's Winter Wonderland


A mum was nearly in tears when big hearted Winter Wonderland staff took her little princess ice skating.

Stevie Simpson, 25, from Ellesmere Port, visited the festive attraction at Chester Racecourse with husband Tyler, 29, and daughters Lottie, four, and Millie, three, who has brittle bone disease.

She said: “Millie suffers from brittle bone disease and it’s hard to find things to do with her where she’s not at risk of being hurt.

“Never in a million years did we ever think Millie would be able to go anywhere near an ice rink for two reasons. 

“The obvious is she can’t stand so wouldn’t be able to put on skates and skate, also the risk of people bumping or falling into her and breaking her bones is huge.”

Millie Simpson, of Ellesmere Port, near the snow globe at Chester's Winter Wonderland

Describing staff at the event as ‘amazing’ she added: “When we arrived it was raining and Millie’s a wheelchair user.

“The staff on the gate couldn’t have been more helpful trying to park us as close as possible so we could get Millie in as quickly, safely and as dry as possible.

“Then once we were in there the guys on the rides were more than helpful letting me go on the small rides with Millie to ensure her safety and so that she got a go. 

“Then lastly to top off our lovely experience this happened!

“The staff closed the small rink and took Millie on in her chair with a trained paramedic ice steward! 

“I can’t tell you the emotion felt by us as parents and Millie herself and her older sister watching her younger sister do something she never thought possible.

Millie Simpson, of Ellesmere Port, near the snow globe at Chester's Winter Wonderland with her sister Lottie

“Thanks to the staff at Winter Wonderland Chester for making our little girl’s day and so that she can say she’s been ice skating.”

Stevie is full of praise for the ‘outstanding service’ at the attraction which she has no hesitation in describing as ‘highly recommended’. “My baby is just growing up, she’s the best thing in my life along with her big sister and her daddy and all my other family,” she said.

She posted her video on the Winter Wonderland Facebook page and it received almost 16,000 likes.

Richard Thomas, chief executive at Chester Race Company, said: “Winter Wonderland is all about creating magical Christmas moments with the family at a special time of year and we are delighted to have made one family’s Christmas extra special during their visit. 

“We shall be passing on a special thanks to all of the staff involved in making this visit extra special.”



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