Magical trip to Disneyland a real-life dream come true
Young cancer sufferers given an unforgettable experience at theme park in Paris
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Unfortunately, sometimes there are children booked to go on the trip but are withdrawn from the group holiday at the last minute so the charity trustees try to send these children in the new year.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.
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The youngsters and their families who enjoyed the trip to Paris