Bid to send Chloe on a Florida trip

FOR HER DREAM HOL­I­DAY

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By GE­OR­GIA SCHEERHOUT news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

KIND-HEARTS are rais­ing money to help a poorly child go on the trip of a life­time to Dis­ney World in Florida.

Chloe Row­land, eleven, from Au­den­shaw, has never flown be­fore be­cause she has a med­i­cal con­di­tion which means she has dif­fi­culty breath­ing.

But a char­ity is rais­ing cash so medics can ac­com­pany her on the flight to the US.

Chloe’s dad Colin, 36, said: “The trip would be a dream come true for Chloe. She loves Dis­ney and has al­ways wanted to meet the char­ac­ters.”

Chloe is one of 25 young­sters from around the coun­try who have been se­lected for the char­ity’s an­nual Des­ti­na­tion Dreams scheme where a team of doc­tors and vol­un­teers ac­com­pany the chil­dren and their fam­i­lies on a hol­i­day. Be­cause of all the care needed to take ill chil­dren overseas, the costs of such trips can be high. Chloe’s trip will cost £12,000.

“I re­ally love all the Dis­ney char­ac­ters, to the ex­tent that I watch Dis­ney when­ever I’m poorly to make me feel bet­ter,” wrote Chloe on her Just Giv­ing page.

She went on: “Mum and dad were told by doc­tors that I can’t go on a flight with­out med­i­cal help, be­cause on a plane the cabin pres­sure is greater and oxy­gen is thin­ner.”

Chloe and her fam­ily have been on hol­i­days to Skeg­ness, Black­pool and the Nor­folk Broads, but she has never been abroad.

She has re­stric­tive lung disease, which means her lungs are pre­vented from ex­pand­ing fully so she has dif­fi­culty breath­ing. She also has a fused spine and tor­ti­col­lis, which is a twisted and tilted neck.

Be­cause of this, she re­quires oxy­gen at night and needs to use an elec­tric wheel­chair as she can only walk small dis­tances.

Her mum, Sarah, 33, told the M.E.N: “Chloe can’t fly with­out doc­tors be­cause she has low oxy­gen lev­els con­stantly so she has never been on a plane be­fore.”

The funds for her trip are be­ing raised by Caud­well Chil­dren, a char­ity of­fer­ing sup­port to dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, by sell­ing tick­ets from £75 for its fifth an­nual ‘Ladies Lunch’ in Knutsford.

The char­ity’s event man­ager Sam Walker said the event needs more sup­port from busi­ness peo­ple in or­der to guar­an­tee they reach their £12,000 tar­get for Chloe’s trip: “We need peo­ple who are happy to share their knowl­edge and are com­fort­able in pro­mot­ing the event to their net­work of con­tacts. If you vol­un­teer your ser­vices on our com­mit­tee, and help us to sell ta­bles, se­cure spon­sors, source raf­fle prizes and pro­mote the event, you will be help­ing Chloe and her fam­ily make mag­i­cal mem­o­ries to­gether that will last a life­time.”

The first com­mit­tee meet­ing will take place at the Mere Gold Re­sort and Spa from 3-5pm on Mon­day 16th July. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the com­mit­tee and help­ing to make Chloe’s dream come true, ring Han­nah Boote on 01782 433755 or email Han­nah. boote@caud­wellchil­dren.com

Chloe Row­land is be­ing taken on hol­i­day to Florida

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