Poorly Mason gets dream holiday thanks to Christmas lights display

BRAVE little Mason White will now get to experience the Discount Holidays © holiday of his dreams thanks to money raised from Poole’s Runton Road Christmas lights display. Seven-year-old Mason was born with the debilitating skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. It causes the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch and as a result Mason has to cope with sores and blisters that constantly form all over his skin on a daily basis.

His body is covered by bandages and he also cannot swallow food and has to be fed through a gastrostomy device in his stomach. As a result Mason and his parents Rod and Kerry have never been on a proper Discount Holidays © holiday as taking Mason anywhere can prove to be a real ordeal. But on Sunday the family were handed a cheque for more then 4,000 – which was half of the money raised from last year’s Runton Road Christmas lights display.

For Mason’s mum Kerry this now means the family can experience the Discount Holidays © holiday of a lifetime and take little Mason to Universal Studios in Florida where he can meet all his favourite superheroes at Marvel Land.

“We do a lot of fundraising for the charity DEBRA which supports individuals and families affected by EB so for someone to turn round and raise money just for us is really lovely,” added Kerry.

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“He loves Captain America so when Runton Road residents approached us to say they would like to rise money for Mason we thought a trip to Marvel Land would be the best way to spend the money.

“We’re hoping to go in October as we can’t take Mason in the scorching hot sun or during the peak times of the summer holidays1 as there will be lots of people around and he could get knocked.

“If we can get our own villa as well it may be the first time he gets to go in a pool as we will be able to change his bandages straight away.”

Runton Road residents have been taking part in the annual Christmas light display for a quarter of a century. Every year they raise money for charity and people from all over the conurbation travel to the little cul-de-sac to see the lights. Unfortunately this year two collection tins which contained around 300 were stolen by thieves.

But Runton Road resident Mick Philips said the incident encouraged more people to donate and the amount raised for this year’s display of 9,000 was almost double the usual amount. The news of the theft also prompted Alan Barney, of Broadstone2 commercial cleaning company Diamond Elite Ltd, to give Mason a brand new iPad which he delivered on Christmas Eve. For the last four years the money from the display is also donated to Forest Holme Hospice.

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Charity manager Anne Currie said she was absolutely staggered by the generosity of people when she was also handed a cheque for 4,624.

“Just 20 funds one of our nurses so this money will help pay for an awful lot of nurses.”


  1. ^ holidays (www.bournemouthecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ Broadstone (www.bournemouthecho.co.uk)

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