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Thursday 29 September 2016

Evie's wish comes true as the brave princess gets her own castle for a day

Evie Lawlor (6) was the belle of the ball as she arrived as a princess at her castle
Evie Lawlor (6) was the belle of the ball as she arrived as a princess at her castle

Little Evie Lawlor's dreams came true when she became a royal princess for a day in her very own castle.

Evie (6) who has a condition called Vanishing White Matter Disease, had a special princess party at Clontarf Castle.

Yesterday, the little Killester girl travelled in style from her school in Donnycarney in a horse-drawn carriage.

Her 20 school friends joined her for the party at the castle - and there was even a princess and prince waiting to greet them.

Belle of the ball Evie was treated to face-painting, balloon-modelling, party food, and games throughout the day.

Evie's family said that it was an incredible event for everyone to be a part of.

"It was a day all of us will cherish," her mum, Lisa Lawlor, said.

"The smile on Evie's face just said it all - it was magical from start to finish."

The Make-A-Wish Ireland charity grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer, heart diseases, cystic fibrosis and other serious conditions.

Vanishing White Matter Disease is an extremely rare genetic disease that causes deterioration of motor skills including the ability to walk, see and hear.

Make-A-Wish is funded exclusively through its own fundraising activities and donations.

Since the organisation was established, more than 1,800 children from Ireland have had their wishes come true.

Surge

Make-A-Wish CEO Susan O'Dwyer said there was an increased number of wishes planned for 2016.

"We saw a surge in donations towards the end of last year and are hoping that we can continue the momentum and grant the highest-ever number of wishes in a year," she said.

"This would greatly alleviate our backlog of seriously-ill children awaiting their wishes to be granted, such as the very brave Evie Lawlor from Dublin."

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