THERE was great excitement at Bart's Charity Shop in Wexford's Redmond Square as a special visitor travelled all the way from the North Pole in order to help raise money for a very special little girl.
Ten-year-old Emma Power from Aclare in New Ross was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago and has been recovering ever since.
However, recently Emma's parents, Geraldine Hayes and Edward Power, were given the devastating news that a fresh growth had been detected and now Emma must embark on a further gruelling 18 months of chemotherapy.
Tanya Fenlon of Bart's Charity Shop in Redmond Square decided to help Emma's family and enlisted the help of Santa Claus himself to raise some money. 'We had a coffee morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,' Tanya said. 'We had a great turnout at that and then in the afternoon Santa arrived and we had a good few children come down to see him. Emma herself came in to see him and she was delighted. She spent about 40 minutes in with Santa and loved it.'
Children from all over Wexford arrived at the charity shop to tell Santa what they were hoping he could deliver on Christmas Eve.
Money is still being raised to help Emma's parents with travel and accommodation expenses while their daughter is undergoing treatment.
Tickets are still being sold at the shop for a giant raffle, which has seen fantastic prizes donated by the likes of Tesco, SuperValu, Boots, Furlong's Butchers and Unique Hair Salon.
Organiser Tanya and Emma's family are very grateful to everybody who has contributed to the cause.