Family of little Sebastian thank YOU as Santa will pay him a special visit this Saturday
Published 27/05/2015 | 15:37
The family of a terminally ill little boy have thanked the Irish people for their generosity which has allowed them to create a final Christmas day for him this Saturday.
Conor McLoughlin, father of Sebastian, made an appeal on RTE Radio One's Ray D'Arcy Show yesterday to appeal for help in recreating Sebastian's favourite time of year.
The little boy was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and now has only weeks to live.
Today, Sebastian's uncle Dan took to the airwaves on the same programme to thank listeners for their amazing generosity.
Host Ray said he was "taken aback" by the generosity of people who heard of the appeal for Sebastian.
"The humanity of our listeners over the last 24 hours has been amazing," he said.
"I was taken aback.
"We received thousands of emails - the phone in the office has been going all morning," Ray added.
People wanted to make this coming Saturday the best Christmas ever for Sebastian and his family.
Ray told of how a seven-year-old contacted the show and offered his communion money, a nine-year-old boy offered his left-over Christmas wrapping paper, there were seven offers of helicopters to transport Santa to Sebastian's home, and "enough bouncy castles to cover the whole country".
"People genuinely wanted to help," Ray said.
Sebastian's uncle Dan told listeners he is just back from Finland where he managed to track down Santa who happily agreed to visit little Sebastian this Saturday.
"Everyone has been brilliant," Dan said.
"It's unbelievable - it's an amazing response.
"We can't thank everyone enough for all their support and good wishes.
"I think we have everything we need in place ten or 20 times over, people have been so generous, with offers of snow machines, ploughs, we're just going through emails and facebook messages and calls to see what we can use."
Ray explained to listeners that Santa has problems coming to Ireland this year as his Christmas sleigh is in for ongoing repairs.
However, a couple called Emma and John O'Grady contacted the show and offered their sleigh for Santa to use this Saturday.
Another listener offered an inflatable Santa's grotto.
"It would be impossible to accept everything that has been offered," Dan said.
"As much as we would love to have a huge party.... he won't be able to handle much more," Dan explained.
The public rang in with offers of money - but the family are urging people to donate the money to a registered children's cancer charity instead.
"We never wanted money - we just got onto you to help with reindeer and other stuff.
"If people want to donate, do it in Seb's name, and give it to a registered children's cancer charity."
Dan thanked the Ray D'Arcy show and listeners for their generosity, saying it will go a long way.