Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm at Langford Budville has chosen seven-year-old Tayen Gilbert from Bridgwater to cut the ribbon and launch the farm’s Christmas Shop on 17 November.
Tayan who suffers from the genetic condition, neurofibromatosis, will declare the shop open at 10am.
Kali Gilbert, Tayen’s mum, said: “We’re thrilled that Tayen has been selected to officially open Langford Lakes Christmas shop and Christmas Tree Farm. She’s very excited. As a family we love Christmas and this will be a treat for all of us.
“I decided to nominate Tayen as she’s a little star. She has a complex medical history and neurofibromatosis causes tumours to grow along nerves anywhere in the body. She was diagnosed at 22-months-old with bilateral optic pathway gliomas (tumours) that have spread through her brain to the back. She started chemotherapy straight away but unfortunately lost all vision just six weeks into treatment.
“Following this she needed bilateral shunts to drain fluid on her brain. She also has complex epilepsy and is currently now on her third round of chemotherapy treatment. None of this stops her though. Tayen is a powerhouse of fun and energy and captures the hearts of everyone she meets.”
The Gilbert family has fundraised for various charities over the years. They also visit Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) at Charlton Farm, which is Langford Lakes’ Charity of the Year.
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is hoping to collect as much money as possible for CHSW from the sale of mince pies and teas and coffees, aided by volunteers for the charity. The refreshments will be on offer from its launch event through to its last day of trading before Christmas on December 23. Last year the farm raised £2,955 for the organisation.
Kali added: “CHSW has been a great lifeline of support and respite for my whole family. It is a fantastic charity and we’re delighted to hear that Langford Lakes will be fundraising for it again this year.”
CHSW is currently the only provider of specialist hospice care for children in the region. It offers much-needed support for youngsters with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families at its three hospices: Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in North Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
Reg Hendy from Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, said: “We’re so pleased that Tayen will be helping us open our Christmas Tree Farm and shop for the festive season.
“She will be our VIP for the day and will also receive one of our British grown Christmas trees. We hope Tayen and her family have a fantastic morning with us kicking off the countdown to Christmas.
“We would also like to invite everyone to this special festive season launch event on Saturday, November 17. The fun starts at 10am with an official ribbon-cutting. Bring the family and enjoy the refreshments, helping us raise invaluable funds for CHSW.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is open every day from Saturday, November 17 until Saturday, December 23, 2018.
For further details about Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, Middle Hill Farm, Langford Budville near Wellington, please call 01823 400476, visit http://www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to http://www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.