Dad Overwhelmed As Christmas Appeal For Terminally Ill Daughter Results In More Than 6,000 Cards

22/12/2015 12:05 GMT | Updated 22/12/2015 12:59 GMT

A dad who appealed for people to send his terminally ill daughter Christmas cards has been overwhelmed by the response he has received.

Alan Jackson from Knutsford, near Manchester, said his 10-year-old daughter Sophie Jackson "loves cards" and he wanted to make what could be her last Christmas extra special.

Sophie was born with a congenital muscle disease, which means she is unable to swallow. The only muscles not affected are those in her eyes, ears and brain.

She was rushed to hospital on 1 December when she suffered a major cardiac arrest.

The Princess's Christmas Eve at Manchester Childrens with Bog Brush by her side as always xxx Her Christmas Day...

Posted by Alan Jackson on Sunday, 20 December 2015


Writing on Facebook on 20 December, the dad wrote: "The Princess's Christmas Eve at Manchester Children's [Hospital].

"Just a huge thank you for all the cards - opened and counted 4,800 so far, with another 12 boxes to go we should reach 6,000."

Sophie has been unconscious in intensive care since she was rushed to hospital at the beginning of December.

On 6 December, her dad wrote on Facebook: "So the story is Sophie won't be home for Christmas and many months after.

"Jacko loves cards please share this post and let's see how many cards we get for her what could be her last Christmas."

So the story is Sophie won't be home for Christmas and many months after . Jacko loves cards please share this post and...

Posted by Alan Jackson on Sunday, 6 December 2015


Jackson, who said Sophie is a "huge Manchester City fan" told Manchester Evening News: "We’ve received over 6,000 cards from all over the world. People have been so kind.

"They’ve come from Man City fans from Canada, Ireland, Australia, all over.

"The club have been very supportive. On Boxing Day at the City home game, I’d love them to show a picture of Sophie on the screen at 10 minutes so the crowd can cheer her.

"We don’t expect her to survive until Boxing Day, but let’s hope she does."

Jackson has also uploaded photos of the early Christmas day celebrations the family threw for Sophie in the hospital, when she was visited by Manchester United players Phil Jones and Paddy McNair.

Princess having a spa day on her Christmas Day xx

Posted by Alan Jackson on Monday, 21 December 2015

So Phil Jones and Paddy McNair wearing City jumpers Please share

Posted by Alan Jackson on Monday, 21 December 2015


Jackson said the family have had to make the decision to take his daughter to Francis House Hospice for children on 22 December, calling it the "hardest thing he's ever had to do."

He added: "She can hear us, she knows we are all here. The decision to go to Francis House was our choice."

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