MAPPLEWELL is full of light thanks to the help of a local youngster with cerebral palsy who turned on the Christmas lights - despite a turbulent year.

The Christmas lights across the village were turned on this week outside The Wentworth Arms pub thanks to the help of their ‘little warrior’.

Louie George Wood, who was born prematurely at 28 weeks and has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia (a brain injury where cysts form on the brain) and global development delay, ventured out with his family to turn on the display.

His family have launched a campaign to raise £100,000 to help Louie through therapy, treatment, surgery and equipment to improve his quality of life.

Over the weekend, Louie and his family were invited to turn on the Christmas lights outside the pub by owners David and Leah Lockwood.

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Jodie Morgan, Louie’s mum, said: “It was so lovely to be asked. It’s so heart-warming to see that Mapplewell has come together to support Louie.

“Everything was socially distanced and we were joined by some local business owners including Jay Aston from Bottle and Co who set up the lights and fittings.

“Louie absolutely loved it and he was cheering and smiling. We’d had a bad day before this, but this really lifted out spirit.

“David and Leah at The Wentworth Arms have always been incredible and we can’t thank them enough for their support.

“We hope the lights bring some Christmas spirit to our neighbours in Mapplewell.”

To donate to Louie’s Pace, visit justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/louiespaceawarriorstale