A LITTLE girl with leukaemia will have an extra special Christmas present this year.
Alaw Haf Griffiths, aged six, of Llanwnda, will officially start the first ever Caernarfon Santa Run on Sunday, December 22.
Her mother Nia Hughes said she would surprise the Ysgol Bontnewydd pupil with the news when she returns from chemotherapy at Alder Hey Hospital tomorrow (Friday, December 20).
She added: “It’s a privilege for Alaw to be asked to start the Santa Run - she’ll be delighted when I tell her.”
Nia said little Alaw will spend the festive season with her family before returning to her chemotherapy in the new year.
She added: “Alaw’s really looking forward to Christmas - she’s counting down the days.
“ She knows that after she comes home from Alder Hey there will be only four sleeps until Christmas comes.”
Nia was touched by the support from the area, with around £12,000 raised to split between various cancer charities and to play for a holiday in Florida for the family after Alaw, who is in remission, gets the all clear.
She said: “It’s overwhelming, what’s going on - people are so kind in wanting to help and they think a lot of little Alaw.
“A woman from Holyhead ran the Great North Run to raised over £1,000, and we don’t even know her - it’s unbelievable.”
Alaw’s aunt Ffion Hughes organised a Tattoo Marathon in Caernarfon, which raised around £3,000.
The Santa Run, which starts at Caernarfon Rugby Club, will include a five kilometre adults run around the town and a one kilometre run for children.
Tim Lloyd of children’s cancer charity Gafael Llaw, which organised the event said public feedback had been great so far.
He said: “We hope people turn up and support us on the day, and enjoy raising money for charity.”
For more information on Alaw’s Fund, search for Alaw's Leukaemia battle on Facebook.
To register for the Santa Run, visit www.gafael-llaw.co.uk.