Fun in the sun on Destination Dreams 2018
So it’s all over for another year! The 25 families who experienced our Destination Dreams trip to Florida, have flown back from across the pond to their homes, around the UK, just as the Yuletide shenanigans are set to begin.
But even the anticipation and excitement of a visit from Father Christmas, in his expansive red coat, won’t conjure up the strength of emotions experienced on the Destination Dreams sojourn.
For the families it has been a once-in-a-lifetime trip that has had a profound effect on each and every one of them.
During their holiday they were welcomed by super heroes and princesses, visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and also took in Universal Studios and Seaworld.
Our team of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that the needs of each and every family were met. Their cheerful disposition adding to the magical experience for children and parents alike!
Nikki Trevalyan-Blake, mother of 17-year-old Cameron, from Solihull, in Birmingham, was overwhelmed by the response of her son on the trip. She said: “He loved it out there; opportunities like this don’t come around very often and he enjoyed every minute.“
Cameron has been seriously ill from birth and spent most of the first three years of his life in hospital. He was unable to move or swallow and his lungs would fill with fluid making it difficult to breathe, and he also suffered with severe sleep apnoea.
“This was the first time that we could relax on a holiday safe in the knowledge that there was a medical team available 24 hours a day to support us if needed,” said Nikki.
Kerrie Davies, Associate Director of Events at Caudwell Children, said the respite holiday had been a resounding success: “Many of the parents couldn’t believe the change that they saw in their children in just a few days. The sights and sounds that they have experienced have been wonderful.
“It’s not every day that you get to meet Buzz Lightyear, Spiderman, and Minnie and Mickey Mouse, and when you do you can’t help but smile.
“Unless you’re actually there it’s almost impossible to describe the positive impact that the trip has on the children.
“Whilst it’s not a cure for the range of conditions that the children have it allows them, their parents, and their siblings to experience a level of normality.
“It helps them to relax a little, and enjoy life for perhaps the first time in months, if not years.”
And Kerrie is adamant that the annual holiday should continue: “It’s vital that parents, local communities and corporate partners continue to fundraise for this trip.
“It’s so important to the many children who benefit from it, year-in-year out, and raising the necessary funds for Destination Dreams 2019 has to be a priority now.”
By enjoying quality time together families develop new skills, giving them the confidence to try other new experiences. They also have the opportunity to build lasting friendships through a network of people with the same experiences.
So as the sun sets on yet another Destination Dreams success we look forward to creating more magical memories, that will last a lifetime, in 2019.
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