Little fighter Keisha wins special prize from Santa

Dear Santa winner Keisha Watson.
Dear Santa winner Keisha Watson.

A little girl battling leukaemia has been recognised for her bravery by winning the Mail’s Dear Santa competition this Christmas.

The family of little fighter Keisha Watson, five, are delighted she has won the competition, which will see the youngster pick up £150 worth of vouchers for Argos to make Christmas even more special.

Dear Santa winner Keisha Watson with stepdad Ryan Young, sister Scarlett Mae, mum Natalie and brother Kain.

Dear Santa winner Keisha Watson with stepdad Ryan Young, sister Scarlett Mae, mum Natalie and brother Kain.

The prize comes courtesy of town recycling firm Niramax, with bosses saying they’re delighted to bring some Christmas cheer to the deserving little princess, from Windermere Road, Hartlepool.

A spokeswoman for Niramax said: “We were delighted to be able to help such a worthy cause – Keisha is such a lovely little girl, and is so deserving of this money.

“It will hopefully make a big difference to her Christmas.

“Niramax prides itself on supporting the local community and helping individuals and charities who rely on donations like this.”

The competition called on our young readers to tell us why they deserved an extra special gift from Santa by writing a letter starting with ‘I deserve a special gift from Santa because ... ’

Brave Keisha told us how she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia cancer in February 20 this year and was given her last rites just five weeks later.

But Keisha proved medical experts wrong and is still fighting her cancer.

During her fight for survival, the youngster has undergone chemotherapy and bone marrow lumbar punctures, but throughout it all she has continued to smile.

Earlier this year the five-year-old’s dream of being a princess for a day came true after kind-hearted taxi driver Stephen Picton organised an event held at West Hartlepool Rugby’s ground, in Catcote Road.

Keisha and her family arrived by horse and carriage to hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered outside to greet them.

Mum Natalie Watson said: “We thought that she wasn’t going to live, but she is a brave little fighter.

“She is in ‘maintenance’ now, which is the step before full recovery.

“We are a year and a half away from the all-clear.”

She added: “Keisha is so happy to have won the competition, she doesn’t know what she will get but loves a surprise. 
“Things are looking up for her and her hair is growing back.”

Keisha is described as a ‘happy-go-lucky little girl’ by her mum.

“If people look at her, she says ‘I have got leukaemia’, she tells them straight. She was happy and smiling 
when she found out she won.”