Mothers appeal for Disney World holiday
The mother of a seven-year-old girl from Market Drayton, in Shropshire, who has epilepsy and neurological abnormalities, is appealing to her local community to support the charity that wants to treat her daughter, and the family, to a dream holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
Aimee-Leigh’s condition has left her unable to stand or walk and she has regular seizures. Her mother Bernadette, says her condition is deteriorating and she says her daughter has lost interest in her toys and going outside to play.
To get some much needed respite from her condition Bernadette, decided to apply for a place for Aimee-Leigh on Caudwell Children’s annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
The charity created Destination Dreams in 2007, to give 25 children, with life threatening conditions the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney World.
Bernadette was delighted when Aimee-Leigh was offered a place on the trip. However, due to a funding shortfall the race is now on to raise the necessary funds to cover the cost of the holiday.
As Bernadette explained: “I was amazed when I found out that we were one of only 25 families that had been selected for Destination Dreams. Aimee-Leigh’s nine-year-old brother, Daniel, and her 15-year-old sister, Autumn, couldn’t believe it.
“The families are really well looked after on the holiday as the charity provide a dedicated team of paediatric doctors and nurses who are available 24/7. They also take along over 40 volunteers to assist families around the theme parks.
“But because of the associated costs of taking very poorly children overseas the charity has to pay, on average, £12,000 per family.
“However, with the trip scheduled for February 2018 the charity recently informed us they’ve had to push it back to December 2018 as they hadn’t been able to raise the required £250,000.
“So the families on the trip have all decided to appeal to our local communities to help get us get on that plane to Florida.”
The holiday is extremely important to the family as Bernadette, explained: “It’s heart-breaking to see my daughter struggle with her condition.
“She’s become increasingly isolated as I don’t drive and Aimee-Leigh won’t go on public transport as she thinks that other passengers will stare at her. The holiday would make a massive difference to her as she’s become so unhappy.”
Aimee-Leigh regularly watches Disneyland on television and Bernadette says she always talks about how she would like to go there.
“It’s so important to make some good memories as a family,” said Bernadette. “And it would be a dream come true to see Aimee-Leigh’s face light up if she met all her idols, the princesses at Magic Kingdom.
“We can’t wait to experience Disney World as it’s something that we never thought we would ever be able to do together.
“To watch Aimee-Leigh enjoying it with her two sisters and brother will be magical! I just hope the public support our fundraising campaign.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive from Caudwell Children, is urging the community to get behind the family’s appeal. She said: “For many families caring for children with terminal or life-threatening conditions the thought of leaving the protected environment of their own home town, and their medical support, fills them with dread.
“By providing 24 hour professional medical provision and a team of volunteers, for the duration of the trip, Destination Dreams gives families the chance to create happy memories, often for the first time!
“Unfortunately, the level of assistance that the families need doesn’t come cheap. That’s why it’s vital that Aimee-Leigh and the family get the fundraising support that they so desperately need and deserve.”
You can support Aimee-Leigh through her Just Giving page here.
You can also donate by texting PEAL59 – then the £amount – to 70070