We're fortunate enough to live in a country where most of our healthcare is free. But for many people who are seriously ill there's a hidden cost - travelling to and from the places they need to go to access that healthcare.
Families which include someone battling with cancer have to spend an average of £600 in additional expenses every month - and a big part of that goes on things like public transport costs, petrol, parking, or overnight stays away from home. For many families, the travel associated with endless check-ups, consultations, and surgeries is just too much on a low income - especially if the treatment someone needs takes place far away from where they live.
So we offer children and adults with cancer, and other serious health conditions, the chance to fly for free to where they need to go. Most often, we're helping them travel to medical appointments and treatment sessions but we also offer non-medical journeys that support their wider health, like taking them to visit family they don't get to see very often or going on a much-needed recreational trip and creating valuable memories.
Air travel offers a much quicker, simpler alternative for people whose treatment takes place far away from home. It means that children don't miss too much school because of long journeys or having to stay near treatment centres, and it also saves their parents - or the adult getting the treatment - having to take as much time off work.
Yet people who are seriously ill often have vulnerable immune systems, so travelling on a public plane is dangerous - not to mention tiring and expensive. So we use a private plane - a leased Cessna Stationair, flown by our qualified and experienced volunteer pilots - which keeps people safe, gives them privacy, and offers more flexibility. It is much easier for them to fly at a time that suits them, and they don't need to deal with the stress of travelling through busy airports, queuing for check-in, and going through security procedures. Plus, we can fly from smaller airports, closer to where families live.
Help us keep flying
So far this year we've flown more than 50 seriously ill people from the Cambridge area to medical appointments, family gatherings, and much-needed days out they can't afford. Now we need your help to keep going!
We're looking to raise £40,000 to fund these vital flights for a whole year, which would make it possible for at least 250 seriously ill children, adults, and their families to get the treatment and support they need - that's more than 1,000 passengers.
Will you help us make these life-changing journeys possible?
Please Take Me There on BBC News
Ride along with a reporter from BBC News (Look East) as they follow two-year-old Augustina's once-in-a-lifetime journey, and listen in as our founder, Fernando, shares more of his own story of how we got started...