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How an early Christmas present left GP in shock

The magic of Christmas came early for Dr Trina England and her four children when she won the Pulse prize of a family trip to Lapland.

Dr England, a GP in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, said she was in shock for the rest of the day after receiving the phone call telling her she and seven guests were flying to Lapland in 48 hours' time.

The trip was particularly special for the family as Dr England's husband, John, has been ill this year, so it proved a great lift for her and her four children, Laura, 16, Clare, 14, Stephen, eight, and David, seven.

Dr England's half-sister, Judith Wiseman, and her nine-year-old twins, Katie and Mark, joined them on the trip. 'As word spread we'd won I had phonecalls from people saying it couldn't have happened at a better time for you,' said Dr England. 'We had a brilliant day. Father Christmas was just as you would want him to be and the children were so overawed they couldn't speak. Only one was able to ask for a present ­ Katie asked if she could have some new mittens.'

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