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Barnsley Folk Get Honour Of Christmas Light Switch-On

Monday November 21 2011




ONE Barnsley local has been selected to turn on our town's Christmas Lights and celebrate all that is good about our town.

We Are Barnsley arranged the competition - with kind permission from Barnsley Council - after some locals expressed disappointment that Bob The Builder had been booked to flick the switch.

There was lots of amazing and worthy entries - but WAB decided in the end the honour should go to Ebonie Webb, four.

We feel she epitomises all that we want to celebrate about Barnsley not just because she's a lovely little girl, but because of what she represents - a true Barnsley spirit. Locals have rallied around to raise over £60,000 for her since February to pay for her to have life-saving treatment in America.

Ebonie has a brain tumour, and has been having chemotherapy since she was six months old - and while normal radiotherapy would leave her with damaged parts of her brain, the pioneering proton treatment targets only the tumour.

Mum Leanne said: "If I were to list everyone who has helped us out we would be here all night. We have been so blown away by the community support. We have had random people knocking on our door, handing us envelopes with £400 in to help our Ebonie and not wanting anything in return.

"To me, Ebonie has captured the true spirit of Barnsley, the fact that everyone has rallied to help and been so generous. I can't believe it. People know of her, they want to help. Of course, I would love it if my daughter was anonymous, that noone knew who she was. Because that would mean she would be well and we wouldn't need help.

"But unfortunately that isn't the case, so all we can say is thankyou. Thankyou to everyone who has supported her. She's going to love it."

Ebonie will be flicking the switch with the Mayor, Coun Karen Dyson and Bob The Builder on Wednesday at 6pm.

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Reply Posted by jayne on Monday November 21 2011 at 16:52
Well done am really pleased for the webb family but all three contenders were worthy of the job, but am glad young ebonie won christmas is all about making wishes come true and giving

Reply Posted by Carl watson on Monday November 21 2011 at 16:54
thats the best decision wab could have made.....it will make little ebonies christmas that !!!

Reply Posted by Emface on Monday November 21 2011 at 16:55
thats awesome news well done Ebonie have fun :)

Reply Posted by Michelle Wilcock on Monday November 21 2011 at 16:57
Oh that has brought a tear to my eye!  I'm sure she will love being there with Bob the Builder, hope she gets the treatment she so needs but in the meantime that she has a wonderful Christmas :-)

Reply Posted by Joanne Saqladi on Monday November 21 2011 at 17:02
Well done Ebonie, you will inspire many and touch the lives across the nation with your story, not just us Barnsley folk. I hope you and others alike get all their wishes this Christmas. You definitely do deserve your wish to light up Barnsley this Christmas. xxx 

Reply Posted by Karina124 on Monday November 21 2011 at 17:23
thats how u roll ebonie everybody loves ya well done ull make everybody smile xxxx <3 xxxx

Reply Posted by Danielle riley on Monday November 21 2011 at 17:32
aww bless her im glad for her xx

Reply Posted by Lindsay on Monday November 21 2011 at 17:52
Really pleased for you Ebonie darling lots of love from Lindsay & Lee XX

Reply Posted by Leadrummond on Monday November 21 2011 at 20:30
Ebonie is really exited she says I've got a big smile on my face thank you everyone for making this happen xx

Reply Posted by Truckerisbest on Tuesday November 22 2011 at 11:27
well done ebonie u deserve this

Reply Posted by Lynette on Wednesday November 23 2011 at 21:16
fantastic stuff !!!!