Cheshire company steps in to support Florida trip
A national charity has thanked Cheshire based Baywater Healthcare, a leading provider of medical equipment, for making the holiday dreams of 25 disabled children come true.
Caudwell Children, discovered that they had a shortage of batteries for their specialist oxygen equipment ahead of their annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida, in December 2018.
The charity created Destination Dreams in 2007 to give 25 children with life threatening conditions the opportunity to have a ’dream’ holiday.
But with two months to go before the once-in-a-lifetime trip the charity found that more children than they anticipated required emergency oxygen provision for the holiday.
As Lisa Bates, Associate Director of Core Services at Caudwell Children, explained: “Every child that travels on the Destination Dreams trip undergoes a professional risk assessment based on their medical condition.
“From those selected this year we had an increased number of children who required additional oxygen concentrators due to their condition. Unfortunately, the charity didn’t own the amount of batteries that we needed for the oxygen concentrators on the trip and they’re very expensive pieces of kit.
“Luckily, Crewe based Baywater Healthcare stepped in to save the day.
“Without them supplying the charity with more than 20 batteries, and a selection of vital accessories, we faced the real prospect of being unable to take all the families to Florida!
“Unfortunately, for many of the children, next year is not an option so Baywater’s donation came as a very welcome relief.”
Destination Dreams is unique in that families are supported by a dedicated team of medical professionals, including paediatric doctors and nurses. This means that families who could never travel alone are given the chance to experience a family holiday and create precious happy memories.
Baywater Healthcare also offer a range of respiratory therapies to patients in their homes as well as 24-hour monitoring systems for medical professionals. The company employs over 250 people and serves patients across the UK with life-saving support.
The equipment gave the charity’s medical team the ability to deliver additional oxygen to children with respiratory issues during the eight hour flight to the United States, and during the trip itself.
John Dunn, Purchasing Manager for Baywater Healthcare, was delighted to support the holiday. As he explained: “Baywater Healthcare is very pleased to support Caudwell Children, and I’d like to think that by providing the equipment we’ve helped in some small way to enhance the lives of the children, helping them and their families to enjoy their holiday as much as possible.”
While in Florida the 150 strong group of children, family members, medics and volunteers visited: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios and Seaworld, while staying at a special resort designed exclusively for children with complex medical needs.
“We can’t express just how grateful we are to the team at Baywater Healthcare. They saved the charity thousands of pounds, and helped us to provide the best possible medical assistance to the children we support,” concluded Lisa. “They gave us the green light to create magical memories for the children and their families; memories that are totally priceless.”
For more information about Caudwell Children and the Destination Dreams trip visit the web page here.