A FAMILY who cherish every Christmas more than most have issued a heartfelt plea for support.

Paige Higham, from Runcorn, is 16 years old and was born with a rare form of epilepsy called West Syndrome.

She suffers seizures every day, needs 24-hour care and a constant supply of oxygen. 

When she was diagnosed, her parents Stacey and Dan were told she would not live past her first birthday, so they celebrate every Christmas with their daughter as if it were her last.

They have teamed up with children’s charity Claire House to appeal for donations this festive season.

Claire House works with terminally ill children, and it has many locations around the north west.

Mum-of-two Stacey said: “We cherish every day, especially Christmas, because we never know if it will be the last time we are all together.

“Paige cannot walk or talk, but her six-year-old sister wants to include her in everything she does, especially all the fun at Christmas.

“For us, Christmas is about being together, so we have all the family come round to open presents. It’s our favourite time of year.”

Claire House helps families like Paige’s to make magical memories during the festive season.

Stacey wants people to know why supporting the charity is the best gift to a lot of families in similar situations. 

She said: “It is difficult having a child with a life-limiting disability, but Claire House brings happiness to families like ours, and we would be lost without them.”

To donate to Claire House, visit clairehouse.org.uk