A BALLYMENA schoolboy will have his Christmas wish come true when he is whisked away to Lapland to meet the real Father Christmas.
Stuart Edgar, from Deramore Drive, was told the exciting news that he been selected to go to Santa's homeland just last week.
The 10-year-old, who has cerebal palsy, is one of a few lucky children who will go on the trip of a lifetime on December 19.
Speaking to the Ballymena Guardian, Stuart's mother Hazel said her son was "left speechless" when the news was broke to him.
"We told him at the weekend in the Bushmills Inn and he didn't know what to say," Hazel explained.
"He is the best little boy, who never asks for anything.
“He is such a caring, loving affectionate child and I am just delighted that he is getting to experience something so magical."
Hazel will travel with her son to Lapland where they will go exploring on a sled, decorate cookies with Mrs Claus, meet the elves who make the toys and of course meet the main man himself, Santa Clause.
"Stuart is very excited about the trip however one of the first things he said when we told him he was going was that he was worried about taking a day off school!," Hazel said.
"He is just that type of little boy.
“I am excited too, I can’t wait to go and meet Santa.
“It’s going to be one of the best times of our lives, I just can’t wait to see his face when he meets the real Santa in Lapland.”
Stuart was born 15 weeks early and from the day he was born he has had many obstacles to overcome but has done so with great pride and determination.
As well as having cerebral palsy he has had chronic lung disease, seizures, bowel surgery and two bleeds on the brain.
His journey has been difficult but he is a "little fighter" and will not let anything stand in his way.
"There are certain things Stuart finds difficult like swimming or riding a bicycle.
“When he can't do something he gets very frustrated because all the other children are able to but he never gives up," Hazel said proudly.
"He loves golf, football and really enjoys going to the vintage rallies that are held with all the old tractors and machinery.
"When we go the Braid Valley Vintage Rally everyone knows who he is.
“He loves all the attention.
“He is the most lovable little boy and I am very proud of him after everything he has been through.”
Stuart was selected to go to Lapland after his physiotherapist put his name forward to the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland Trust (NICLT).
The charity aims to fulfil the dreams of terminally ill, long term ill and deserving children, by taking them to see Santa at his home in Lapland and other destinations.
We hope Stuart and his mum, Hazel, have the most wonderful time in Lapland!