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Partnership will help dreams come true

12 February 2011 15:34

Partnership will help dreams come true

Travel insurance specialist, World First Travel Insurance, has teamed up with national independent charity, Dreams Come True, to help provide travel insurance to families with children who have pre-existing medical conditions.

Dreams Come True is a national children's charity which was founded in 1988 with the mission of fulfilling the dreams of children who are terminally or seriously ill by making their treasured dreams come true. The charity has helped more than 4,500 children and young adults who are suffering from serious and chronic conditions, as well as those who have life-threatening or terminal illness.

Each dream is unique, with many involving travelling abroad. Finding travel insurance for people with medical conditions has previously caused problems for the Charity. Often travel insurance can be very expensive or in some cases not even available as some insurers can not cover certain medical conditions. This has meant that it has sometimes been difficult to make all the dreams a reality.

World First specialise in pre-existing medical conditions travel insurance as well as standard travel insurance. To support the charity World First has agreed provide a 20percent discount on every travel insurance policy for Dreams Come True and has committed to do all they can to make sure any child, no matter what their condition, is able to obtain travel insurance.

Martin Rothwell said: “The work carried out by Dreams Come True is nothing short of amazing. Their sole focus is to make the world of difference to extremely ill children and young adults by making their own personal wishes come true. If we can help in any way to make that possible then we will.

"I can see that it could be difficult for Dreams Come True to find a travel insurance policy for a child, as cover for medical conditions can be expensive and occasionally refused, depending on the conditions. At World First we provide extensive medical cover so are able to negotiate good rates, I hope that with this, and an extra discount on top, we will make it possible for even more children to live their dreams."

Dreams Come True is funded by the generosity of the public and corporate supporters through their fundraising efforts. The charity tries to fulfil any request that is made to them. Popular requests include experiencing the magic of Disney and swimming with dolphins. But any dream is shaped by a child's imagination and special needs, leading to a seemingly endless range of possibilities. Some of the dream requests the charity has recently fulfilled include having cows in the back garden, meeting long-lost relatives in Kenya and Jamaica, naming a police horse, and riding in a rally car.

Dreams Manager, Martin Plowman said: "As we are a charity we rely on the support of the public, our corporate supporters and businesses that can really make the difference when it comes to bringing a dream to life. With World First Travel Insurance now providing a discount and agreeing to work with us to try and find a policy for any child, I am sure we will be able to help even more children and their families travel abroad as part of their dreams.

"We are extremely grateful for the support shown by Martin and the team at World First and hope that we can now make even more dreams come true."