Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
15 October 2013 11:17
Dreamflight is taking 192 youngsters on a trip to Florida
Children with disabilities and serious illnesses are preparing to jet off on the holiday of a lifetime thanks to a UK charity.
Dreamflight is taking 192 youngsters on a trip to Florida for an action-packed week of fun which will include the chance to swim with dolphins.
The total cost of the trip is around £750,000, including the cost of chartering a Boeing 747 and
pre-existing medical travel insurance. The money has all been raised through voluntary contributions.
Dreamflight has operated every year since 1987 and has so far taken almost 5,000 children on trips to the US. The charity is supported by British Airways and its latest flight is due to depart from Heathrow next Sunday.
The children will be leaving their families behind and will be looked after by a dedicated team of 15 doctors, 50 nurses and 12 or 13 physios who are all volunteers.
Twelve-year-old Kaitlin Stewart, from Dundee, is among those going on the trip.
Kaitlin, who suffers from juvenile idiopathic arthritis affecting her whole body, said she was "really excited", adding: "I have dreams about it every night...swimming with dolphins under water."
Nicole Lewtas, 14, from Wirral, said she "can't wait" for the trip and described Dreamflight as an "inspirational" charity.
Nicole, who suffers from thyroid cancer, is looking forward to meeting other children who face similar experiences.
"I can't wait to have fun in the sun," she said. "I just love the idea of being in Disney - a magical experience."
Nicole's mother Sharon Kane, who took part in a skydive to raise money for the trip, said her daughter will be in "really good hands".
Ms Kane said Nicole had undergone major surgery last year which "basically saved her life".
"She has missed quite a lot of school because of it. She went back in September and hasn't missed a day."
06 December 2016
Eating a handful of nuts every day can help reduce your chances of suffering heart disease and other serious illnesses, scientists have claimed.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.