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WATCH: Otley boy learns to re-love Christmas

WATCH: Otley boy learns to re-love Christmas

Published at 1:35pm 19th December 2016. (Updated at 2:12pm 19th December 2016)

A boy from Otley, whose world was turned upside down last Christmas, has been rewarded for his bravery.

12 months ago, seven-year-old Oliver Myers asked Santa to make his baby sister better.

She has a genetic condition and had to be taken into hospital for three weeks over the Christmas period.

At the same time, the floods which hit Otley on Boxing Day badly damaged their home on Farnley Lane.

It all meant that Oliver had to stay at his grandparents' home for the next seven months.

Nominating Oliver for Stray FM's Christmas Stars competition, his family said it only became clear how the events had affected him when building up to Christmas this year.

They said: "He wouldn't plan for Christmas, write his list or even talk about the coming Christmas.

"He finally admitted he wasn't looking forward to Christmas and it wasn't special anymore.

"He associates Christmas with hospitals, floods and big problems.

"Oliver is only seven and shouldn't feel like this."

Appearing on this morning's Breakfast Show, Oliver was given £100, doubled to £200, by competition sponsor Brian Langford, from Melia Powell and Family Funeral Directors, to spend on himself and his family this Christmas: