Boy, 13, who had ‘had enough of life’ overjoyed as more than 3,000 cards arrive

A 13-year-old boy who told his mum he had 'had enough of life' has been left overjoyed after 3,000 cards arrived to cheer him up.

Rhys told his mum, Tanya Williams, how low he felt due to living with the painful, life-limiting condition epidermolysis bullosa, which causes skin blisters, sores and has even caused his fingers to fuse together.

Tanya, from Bolton, went on to appeal for people to help cheer Rhys up by sending her son cards for his 14th birthday later this month.

And thanks to the kindness of thousands of people who responded to her appeal, Rhys has got a smile on his face again.

In just a few days, he has received more than 3,000 cards in the post from all over the world – so many that a post van arrived at his home today just for him.

Tanya says the 13-year-old is 'in his element' opening the cards with his best friend, and is taking the time to read every single one.

She said: "It's just been crazy. A post van came today with stuff for Rhys, it's just been mad.

"I've had thousands of messages on Facebook , people turning up at the door.

"I don't know whether I'm coming or going, but Rhys is in his element.

"He's at home opening the cards with his best friend. He is absolutely loving it.

"He is opening each card and reading it, and he's got his friend opening them too. He is taking his time with each one which is why it is taking so long.

"He's just so overwhelmed with it."

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