Foundation Lapland

Thirteen local children will have a Christmas to remember thanks to Newcastle United and Newcastle United Foundation.

Using funds raised from the sale of the historic Newcastle United sign which used to adorn the East Stand, Newcastle United Foundation had teamed up with Metro Radio's Cash for Kids to send one lucky child and his family to Lapland on Friday, 23rd December.

Lewis York, aged 12, from Gateshead, attends Cedar's Sports College and has been selected to make the once-in-a-lifetime trip with his five-year-old brother and parents to visit Santa and his reindeers in Lapland.

Lewis has a form of cancer called Neurofibromatosis. He is a huge Newcastle United fan but he and his family have had a difficult year, not least when Lewis was diagnosed with cancer.

Metro Radio's breakfast show host Anna Foster will be joining the family on their snowy adventure, and while in Lapland the family will look forward to riding on real reindeer sleighs and meeting Santa's very own elves for some arctic storytelling.

With generous Newcastle United fans raising more than £10,000 via the online auction back in October, the Foundation was determined to use the money to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children over the festive period.

Hundreds of entries were received and while Lewis is the lucky winner, another 12 children and their families - 50 people in total - will be whisked away to Alton Towers on Sunday (11th December) with Metro Radio and Newcastle United Foundation for a special Santa's Sleepover.

United defender Mike Williamson, who is an active supporter of the Foundation, said: "This is absolutely marvellous for the children and it's terrific that our Foundation, in conjunction with Metro Radio, have been able to pull it all together."