Mum who couldn’t afford to take daughter to Disneyland fills Christmas tree with 400 Disney toys – The Sun

A MUM who couldn’t afford to take her daughter to Disneyland brought the theme park to the youngster – and stuffed her Christmas tree with hundreds of Disney teddies.

Heavenly Loveridge, 7, has been bought over 400 of the toys by friends and family after they heard mum Deb, 33, was unable to afford the trip.

The Frozen fan has amassed the massive haul over the last five years and every Christmas they are arranged to create a Disney Christmas tree.

There are now so many characters that they struggle to fit them in one room at their home in Blackpool.

Sales assistant Deb told The Sun: “Heavenly absolutely loves Disney and I kept promising and promising that we would go to Disneyland.

“But I went through a divorce and as a single mum we just couldn’t afford it.

“I used to buy her Minnie and Mickie Mouses when she was young and when friends heard they all started buying her Disney toys too.

“It stopped being just birthdays and became every time they saw her. The collection got so big I thought it would bring Disneyland to her to make a Disney tree.”


The collection includes all the classic characters as well as new stars such as Elsa and Olaf from Frozen.

At Christmas Deb makes her own Mickey Mouse table cloth and even arranges a massive display of baubles as the famous Disney ears.

In between teddies on the tree are Disney baubles and other decorations from the official store.

The toys range from £3 minis to giant 6ft teddies that can be as much as £400 each.

Deb, who has now remarried and lives with roofer husband Ben, 35, said: “We do hope that we can save up enough money to go to Disneyland soon.

“But every time we have almost got the money together something goes wrong, something will break in the house and we’ll have to put our savings towards that.

“The tree makes Heavenly so happy though, she is Disney mad. Ever since she was little she fell in love with all the princesses.

“Last year a picture of the tree went viral and she absolutely loved it.”

Heavenly said: “I love all of my toys, they are all my favourite. Lady and the Tramp is my favourite movie.”

Heavenly wanted to use the publicity from the tree to help raise money for charity and so they set up a Just Giving page for Trinity Palliative Care Services and Brian House Children's Hospice.

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