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Oh, what a day for prom queen Alicia
3:24pm Friday 6th July 2012 in News
TEEN queen Alicia Bond’s dreams came true last night as she was surprised with a horse and carriage to take her to her school prom.
The 15-year-old Nova Hreod School student, of Moredon, who suffers with cystic fibrosis and diabetes was reduced to tears when the Cinderella-style pumpkin carriage arrived outside her door yesterday.
Thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Alicia was given a professional makeover and treated to a dazzling black and silver dress complete with a diamond encrusted corset and meringue skirt with embroidered feathers and crystals.
But what Alicia didn’t know, was that instead of being transported in her step-dad’s boss’s Mercedes to the glitzy affair at the Marriott, she was in fact set to be the belle of the ball with an entrance nobody was likely to forget in a hurry.
Mum Hayley Tinkler, 37, a health care assistant at Prospect Hospice, said: “She has always wanted to travel in a horse and carriage, so we wrote off to Starlight to see if they could help make her dreams come true.
“She was so emotional, excited and just completely overwhelmed, it was amazing.
“It has been so hard to keep it a secret from her but she completely deserves it, she has been through so much.”
Alicia was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was five-and-a-half months old but it wasn’t until two years ago that she was diagnosed with diabetes.
Hayley said: “She’s had quite a hard life but she has coped quite well, she has her ups and downs but she always has a smile on her face and doesn’t let it stop her from doing everything that other children do but she has been in and out of hospital all her life.
“Finding out she had cystic fibrosis was really hard. For me as a parent, I just thought my child should not die before me but a lot of people are living much longer with CF these days.
“Alicia is very open about it, she talks about her illness and dying a lot, she has even made her own book of her life full of photographs.
“For her prom I just wanted to make her wishes come true, she really deserves it.”
As well as dozens of family members and neighbours, staff from the Great Western Hospital gathered to watch Alicia leave her cul-de-sac in the spectacular carriage.
And as another surprise, Alicia’s best friend Danni Groom, 16, who also has cystic fibrosis, arrived to wave her off.
Danni said: “Alicia looked beautiful. She is my best friend – we have a special bond because nobody else understands what it is like to have cystic fibrosis, it is really hard.”
Alicia said she was overwhelmed when the horse and carriage arrived.
“I was so shocked, I had no idea at all, I just thought I was going in mystep-dad’s boss’s car,” she said.
“I have always wanted to travel in a horse and carriage so it is really exciting.”
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