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Annabella's Christmas Moment

Published 17 December 2019

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Coming together with family and friends, eating delicious food, playing games and just creating great memories are the usual way most of us spend the festive season. But this year we wanted to give one of you the chance to create your dream Christmas Moment!

This could have been somewhere you have always dreamed of going to, a surprise for somebody you love, or just bringing the whole family together, the UK was your oyster. After over 900 amazing entries we had the hard task of picking 1 winner and that lucky person was Annabella, 11 from Chesterfield. 

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As an aspiring performer with dyslexia, Annabella loves the violin and has the ambition to study the instrument at the Royal College of Music. So when Annabella's mum, Helen, nominated her to receive her festive wish of a trip to London and to see a West End show with her family, we just had to help. 

So with a flick of our magic wand, we created the Annabella Express to take Annabella, Mum, Dad, Nan and Grandad from Sheffield to London. As well as tickets to see the fantastic musical "The Snowman", but the fun didn't stop there...

Little did Annabella know, we had an extra special surprise up our sleeve. As we know how much she dreams of being a performer, we arranged with the cast of "The Snowman" to bring her up on stage from the audience mid-show! Whilst on stage Annabella spoke about her dreams of being a musician with Santa and even got to play some of the instruments being used by the shows' orchestra.

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The family also spent their weekend in the capital sightseeing, with a River Thames cruise, shopping and even a spot of ice skating. Annabella's mum was over the moon their moment was chosen saying

"My daughter works incredibly hard and has to put in extra effort in everything she does. She plays the violin and works her socks off both in and out of school to be the best she can be."

“She deserves a special moment with her family. She cares deeply about others and is hoping to use her talent to perform in charity concerts in the future.

“The whole weekend was a dream come true for Annabella. She’s a very special girl with a huge heart who cares for everyone.” 

We are so happy that Annabella enjoyed her special Christmas Moment, if you want to see what she and the Dennison family got up to watch the video below...


Remember there is still time to create your own Christmas Moment this year as we are running services all across the festive season and that includes Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Click below to check out our great value fares...

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