Mali Williams-Cody to be a star of nativity!

Pic by The Gazette

Pic by The Gazette

A little girl who melted hearts around the world when she used sign language to speak to Santa is bound to be a star of the show, when she performs in The James Cook nativity tomorrow.

In a real-life Miracle on 34th Street moment, Mali Williams-Cody, three, communicated with the loveable Santa at The Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough using sign language.

Pic by The Gazette

Pic by The Gazette

Mali, who learns sign language at The Cleveland Unit nursery, based at The James Cook University Hospital, then became an internet sensation, when a video of her signed conversation with Santa was picked up by local, national and international media.

ABC News in New York even got in touch with staff at The Cleveland Unit after seeing the adorable Santa ask Mali’s mum if she used sign language – before going on to sign with her.

The youngster will perform with her nursery friends in the nativity at James Cook’s atrium (South Entrance) on Thursday 17 December at 11.30am.

This year, the Cleveland Unit child development centre based at The James Cook University Hospital received an “outstanding” rating from Ofsted, who praised staff as “positive role models” who supported children in learning boundaries and expectations from an early age, to “prepare them very well for their next stage in learning”.

More on Mali’s story, including a video of her signing with Santa is available on The Gazette website.