Dr Who visit for brave Morgan AndersonBy Caroline Cook
December 29, 2011
A brave five-year-old Wokingham boy who is suffering from a brain tumour had his Christmas wishes come true when he was invited to meet famous faces at a tea party in Downing Street.
Morgan Anderson, from Woosehill, travelled to 11 Downing Street with his dad James for the Starlight’s Christmas party on Wednesday, December 14.
The party, hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, saw Doctor Who star Matt Smith, pop star Geri Halliwell and children’s television presenter Gemma Hunt, join 40 seriously-ill youngsters for an afternoon tea.
Morgan’s dad James said: “It was a wonderful afternoon.
“They had three live singers which he absolutely loved and he loved meeting Doctor Who and got his autograph.
“He also decided it was the real Santa that was there based on the fact he had real reindeer.”
Morgan, who attends Hawthorns Primary School in Northway, Wokingham, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May this year.
He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford two days after the tumour was found where he had a major operation which removed 90 per cent of the tumour.
But the youngster developed an infection after the operation and had to spend another 40 days in hospital.
Mr Anderson said: “He has spent a lot of time in hospital.
“He went back in for the infection and then back for chemotherapy which was not working so we stopped that in September and then he’s been back every weekday for radiotherapy.”
Starlight ambassador Matt Smith added: “It’s easy to forget how tough it must be for families with a seriously-ill child and I am thrilled to support the work that Starlight does to bring them fun and distraction at a time when they need it most.”