Mag­i­cal trip to Dis­ney­land a real-life dream come true

Young can­cer suf­fer­ers given an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence at theme park in Paris

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The trip, or­gan­ised by Prest­wood char­ity The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund, has been op­er­at­ing for the past 11 years, af­ford­ing hun­dreds of sick chil­dren the hol­i­day of a life­time.

Young pa­tients nom­i­nated by were John Rad­cliffe, High Wy­combe and The Royal Mars­den hos­pi­tals and in­cluded chil­dren from Wooburn Green, Flack­well Heath and Ayles­bury.

Chair­man of the char­ity Elaine Ball said: “It’s an hon­our to be able to ar­range this trip and ev­ery year we’re hum­bled by the courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the chil­dren who are put for­ward for this hol­i­day.

“The par­ents are in­spir­ing and so grate­ful to have the op­por­tu­nity to take a break away from the gru­elling can­cer treat­ments. Af­ter the tragic events in Paris, we were a bit ap­pre­hen­sive but so glad we went ahead as apart from ex­tra se­cu­rity around the ho­tel and park, all was nor­mal and we en­joyed three days of glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

“We are so lucky as trus­tees to be able to make dreams come true for th­ese very sick chil­dren, there is no bet­ter re­ward than to see their faces light up when they ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of Dis­ney, we hope to con­tinue do­ing this for many more years.”

The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund was set up in 1999 by Thomas Ball, then aged nine, who al­though suf­fer­ing from can­cer him­self, wanted to help oth­ers go­ing through the same and be­gan fundrais­ing un­aware of the enor­mous im­pact this would have in the fu­ture with the char­ity be­com­ing so vi­tal in sup­port­ing sick chil­dren and teenagers.

The Mis­bourne School pupil died aged 14 in 2003, but the char­ity in his name is help­ing hun­dreds of chil­dren ev­ery year by ar­rang­ing hol­i­days, spe­cial gifts, med­i­cal equip­ment and fund­ing re­search.

Un­for­tu­nately, some­times there are chil­dren booked to go on the trip but are with­drawn from the group hol­i­day at the last minute so the char­ity trus­tees try to send th­ese chil­dren in the new year.

One of th­ese chil­dren is seven-year-old Sami who is suf­fer­ing from neu­rob­las­toma, the same as Thomas Ball.

To help Dis­ney­land, £10 to 70070.

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The young­sters and their fam­i­lies who en­joyed the trip to Paris

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