CHRISTMAS came early for little Oliver Scorer after he won the Echo’s Dear Santa competition.
The two-year-old, who suffers from speech problems, contacted us after we appealed to youngsters across Wearside to tell us their seasonal wishes.
We also wanted to know how families were planning to spend the big day and what presents they hoped to find under the Christmas tree.
In a touching email, Oliver, from Silksworth, said he hoped Christmas would be “special for everyone, not just me”.
“I tried to tell my mammy what I wanted,” he said. I like Peppa Pig stuff and musical toys, as it helps me learn.
“I can’t speak properly as I have problems, but I try really hard to tell my mammy and family how much I love them.
“I want everyone to have a good Christmas.”
Mum Hannah, 21, and dad Adam, 22, said the family are looking forward to spending the holidays with loved ones, including Oliver’s grandmother.
“Oliver is really looking forward to Christmas,” said support worker Hannah. “He’s been counting down the days.
“We all can’t wait to see him opening his presents.”
Hannah and call centre worker Adam have been supporting the youngster as he undergoes specialist assessments on his speech problems.
“Sometimes he finds speaking difficult,” said Hannah. It can be a bit of a struggle for him.
“He’s not developing as quickly as he should be, but he’s undergoing assessments and he’s doing well.
“He’ll be fine.”
Excited Oliver was handed a cuddly toy and selection box after winning the competition.