Sisters who saved diabetic mum rewarded by Barking shopping centre

Brooke, left, with little sister Ria

Brooke, left, with little sister Ria - Credit: Archant

Two girls met Santa as a reward for helping their mum when she had a diabetes attack.

Brooke Hanks, eight, and Ria, five, were invited to the Christmas grotto in Vicarage Field shopping centre in Ripple Road on Saturday after staff read how they called for help when their mum had dangerously high blood sugar levels in last week’s Post.

Their mum, Zoe, said: “Santa was brilliant and knew all about them and spent a lot of time talking to them about how brave they were and what they did.”

The Type 2 diabetic added that she found the visit very moving, and it made her daughters feel very special.

The girls both received jewellery-making kits as their presents from Father Christmas.

“I would like to thank the centre – it was brilliant,” Zoe added.