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Girl's happy end to heartbreak year

PUBLISHED: 11:59 26 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A LITTLE Ipswich girl whose father died this year looked set to be heartbroken at Christmas until a Norwich toy shop helped make one of her wishes come true.

A LITTLE Ipswich girl whose father died this year looked set to be heartbroken at Christmas until a Norwich toy shop helped make one of her wishes come true.

Rebekah Sherman's 59-year-old father Tony died in January from a heart attack.

Seven-year-old, who lives in Hervey Street, Ipswich, wrote a letter to Father Christmas asking for her daddy back.

Rebekah also wrote a list on behalf of her father asking for him to be with his family and one for her mother for her to be happy again.

The only other wish on Rebekah's list was for a Harry Potter Lego Hogwarts castle.

Rebekah's mother Pat tried frantically to grant her only daughter her second request and hunted high and low in her home town but could not find the castle anywhere.

She said she had become increasingly desperate and had just about given up hope until, less than a week before Christmas day, she heard about Langleys in Norwich stocking the castle and ordered one for her daughter.

Mrs Sherman, 51, said she burst into tears when she found out she could give her daughter her only other wish on Christmas morning.

"I thought, just this one Christmas, I have to get Rebekah what she wants. It has been so difficult for her.

"She said to me she would not be getting anything from Father Christmas because she didn't think she had been good this year after her dad died and she had been very upset and angry," said Mrs Sherman.

"She can't have her father back and it has been a very bad time for us but at least I can give her one other thing that will bring a smile to her face.

"I can't imagine what her reaction will be when she opens the present. It will be wonderful."

Mrs Sherman said she had heard Langleys had received new stock in and considered driving to Norwich and back while Rebekah was at school.

"I phoned the shop up because I thought I would already be too late but I cried when I heard they had some and would deliver."


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