Kilwinning’s ‘Wee Warrior’ has enjoyed the Christmas trip of a lifetime to Lapland.

Kieran Crighton was one of the inspirational youngsters picked to jet off to Santa’s hometown for the once in a lifetime holiday last week.

The 14-year-old flew to Finland last Saturday, December 14 thanks to the When You Wish Upon a Star charity.

The Kilwinning Academy pupil was left fighting for his life after being diagnosed with a rare form of Medulloblastoma in March 2018.

Following the devastating diagnosis which saw doctors discover a staggering five brain tumours, Kieran underwent surgery to have the biggest tumour removed.

However the surgery left the Kilwinning Academy pupil unable to walk, speak or swallow after having the tumour cut out.

Despite his challenges, the amazing teenager has amazed medics with his spirit and determination and Kieran has obviously impressed charity bosses who chose him to go on the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

But mum Senga, 50, said due to a recent surgery the teenager almost had his dream crushed.

She said: “We didn’t think Kieran was going to be able to go because he had just had surgery on his leg to straighten it.

“But the doctors said he could go in the end so it was a bit of a mad dash trying to get his passport ready and get everything sorted.”

Senga said the whole trip was amazing and Kieran had a ball rolling in the snow, making snowballs and going through the Magical Forest.

She said: “It was great. We learned to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.

“Kieran absolutely loved the Magical Forest.

“It’s a magical place.”

Kieran and the other children were welcomed home to Glasgow Airport with Christmas carols from the BA students of New Clan Arts.