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Hamleys visit for boy living with severe health conditions

A window display at the famous London store. Picture: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images A window display at the famous London store. Picture: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
2:24 PM

A 12-year-old boy living with severe health conditions has been treated to a tour of the world’s largest toy shop thanks to a charity which organises wish days for children facing life-threatening conditions.

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Sajid Hanif and his family were driven in a limousine to the famous Hamleys store on Regent Street, where staff helped Sajid hunt for two of his most wanted toys, a Mickey Mouse piano and a VTec laptop.

Sajid, from Manchester, left the store with five bags of toys, and the trip - organised by the Make-A-Wish Foundation - then saw him and his family enjoy a sightseeing tour of London and a meal in the evening.

His mother Shekila said: “When Sajid walked in the store his eyes lit up and he was so excited! He had a world of toys in front of him and said ‘mum can I stay here’!”

Sajid was diagnosed with his health conditions at birth. He underwent open heart surgery in 2007 and is on medication to help his blood supply. His brain and body have also not developed properly.

Shekila continued: “Sajid has developmental delays so has no concept of danger, but Hamleys was a safe environment where he had the chance to be normal.

“For Sajid, life is about quality not quantity and this wish has made his quality of life even better.”

To make a donation to Make-A-Wish visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or call 01276 405060.

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