Rebecca Spooner, with family and Caudwell Children volunteers, at Magic Kingdom castle

Rebecca Spooner, with family and Caudwell Children volunteers, at Magic Kingdom castle

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 29th 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 lifetime.”

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 two 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 online at: http://www.caudwellchildren.com/index.php/how-we-help/destination-dreams