Parents of children with life
threatening conditions urged to apply for dream holiday to Florida
STAFFORDSHIRE based national charity, Caudwell
Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children
and their families, is urging parents to apply for a place on its annual
Destination Dreams holiday, to Disney World, Florida, in December 2016.
The charity has announced that the closing date for the receipt of
applications, for the fully supported holiday, is 5:00pm, on Friday, 29
January 2016. Destination Dreams gives 25 children, with life limiting or
life threatening illnesses, the opportunity to experience a
once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney World. Since 2007 the charity has
created magical memories for hundreds of children, and their families, from
across the UK.
Lisa Bates, Head of Application Services at Caudwell Children, said:-
"For many families caring for children with terminal or life-threatening
conditions the thought of leaving the protected environment of their home
town fills them with dread. By providing 24 hour professional medical
support for the duration of the trip, along with a team of volunteers,
Destination Dreams gives families the chance to create special, happy
memories. If you've always wanted to take your child on that 'Dream'
holiday, but not had the confidence or the financial means to do so, then I
would urge you to get your application in."
Jill Cavagan, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, experienced Destination Dreams in
2014 and she was delighted that she took the decision to apply. She said:-
"We'd always dreamed of taking Sadie (8) and her sister Charlotte (5)
to Disney World. However, without the medical support we just couldn't face
the long journey. Sadie's condition affects her learning and her balance and
she's also visually impaired. We never know what's going to happen to her,
because her condition is so rare, and it's quite stressful if medical
support isn't close by. So when we were accepted on the Destination Dreams
trip we were delighted."
And Jill wasn't disappointed by the holiday, as she continued:-
"Seeing my two children enjoying a holiday together was amazing. We actually
forgot about Sadie's condition as we were having such a fantastic time. The
trip allowed us to create lasting memories that we shall treasure for a
Lisa is keen to hear from families from across the UK and says that it is a
simple process. She said:- "The application is in 2 stages. Both
must be completed in order for an application to go into the selection
process. The child must be aged between 3 and 18 at the time of the trip and
they must be legal residents of, and currently living within, the UK. The
family must be earning less than £45,000 a year before tax, not including
any benefits. Parents and siblings under the age of 18 are eligible for the
trip; however, in the event of a single parent family being chosen a second
adult must accompany the group on the holiday."
Parents who are unsure if their child's diagnosis meets the criteria for the
trip, or who want further information and an application pack, are urged to
call Caudwell Children's Applications team on:- 0345 300 1348.
Alternatively you can apply