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Dreamflight is a registered UK charity that has been running for 30 years. The charity aims to change young lives through taking children between the ages of 8-14 with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.
Once a year, 192 children from all over the UK are accompanied by a team of medical escorts and board a chartered Boeing 747 and head to Florida to spend ten magical days of fun and excitement. Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day. The children are nominated by a medical professional who are involved in their care, who feel the child they put forward would benefit from being part of Dreamflight.
Dreamflight is not just a holiday, it does something that medicine can't. The children leave their families behind giving them an opportunity to discover independence, confidence and a whole new outlook on life. Often for the first time, these children realise they are not alone and they are not the odd one out. They see children around them who have also suffered, they gain perspective, and experience things they never thought possible. Dreamflight children have gone on to amazing achievements. In 2008, eight of the returning Paralympians from Beijing, many of them medal-winning had been Dreamflight children citing the trip as a turning point for them.
The total cost of the Dreamflight trip each year is in the region of £750, 000, which breaks down at approximately £3,500 per child. Dreamflight is funded solely by voluntary contributions, and every member of the team involved in the trip (around 300 volunteers) volunteer their time and expertise to ensure every child on the trip has an experience they won't forget.
I was fortunate enough in October of last year to be involved with Dreamflight for the first time as a night nurse and volunteered at the Hilton Hotel at Heathrow Airport, the night before the children flew to Orlando. I was overwhelmed by the sheer organisation and dedication of all of the volunteers involved. The 192 children involved in the 2017 trip were thrown a huge farewell party and I felt privileged to be involved and to see how excited all of the children were. Being a paediatric nurse and a huge Disney fan myself, I can only but imagine the huge impact these trips have on each individual child and strongly believe in the power of magic and pixie dust.
So....this is why I have done a crazy thing and signed up to do a SkyDive in Devon on the 23rd March 2018! I have self-funded the jump so all donations will go directly to Dreamflight to help fund a child’s trip to Orlando. If the children taking part in this experience can step out of their comfort zone to be part of a trip of a lifetime, I can step out of mine by "stepping" out of a plane!!! For those of you that know me I'm sure you will know this is going to be a huge challenge for me as I HATE flying, but I really want to be able to do this in order to raise as much money as I can for this charity which is close to my heart and one I feel so passionate about!
Any donations would be greatfully received and will go directly to Dreamflight to help fund a child’s trip of a lifetime.
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