Help save the Rudolf Fund’s Christmas trip
IT might be the last ever trip to Disneyland – but it will be one to remember for some very deserving youngsters. Earlier this month the Rudolph Fund whisked 30 youngsters with disabilities and learning by the Rudolph Fund, difficulties to the magical wor
THE look of wonder for children with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, deafness and other disabilities as they explore Disneyland Paris is something that melts the hearts of witnesses.
So it is a tragedy that 2011 might mark the end of the road for this particular trip because of money concerns, with the coffers several thousand pounds short of the £50,000 needed.
The trip lasted for three nights/four days, with full days in the park, breakfasts and evening meals included and a special breakfast on the first morning when the youngsters met their Disney character idols.
The children enjoyed marvellous rides such as the Rock n Roller Coaster, Slinky Dog ride, Flying Carpets, and the Hollywood Tower of Terror, before returning home exhausted but thoroughly happy.
Cllr John Fox, who helped set up the appeal back in 1997, said: “It was a very successful trip with a lot of lovely families and some wonderful children who stole our hearts, especially little Leo (see opposite).
“What a character he is when you consider all he has gone through.
“On our return to Peterborough there were not many dry eyes and a lot of emotion flying about, due to the fact that the families not only appreciated what we did, but the fact that this may well be the last trip we do to Disneyland due to the lack of finances at the moment.”
A decision will be taken in the new year on the future and options for next year’s destination.
More than 400 children have travelled abroad since the Rudolph Fund was launched after the landlord of the Spade and Shovel pub in Eye approached Cllr Fox about an idea to raise money to give some deserving children a truly memorable Christmas.
Ten youngsters were taken to Lapland that year to meet Santa and public support was such that they decided to organise another trip a year later, this time to Disneyland Paris.
If you want to help keep the fund going you can send a cheque to the Rudolf Fund C/O The Secretary, 11 Church Close, Newborough, Peterborough, PE6 7RA, or donate to Nationwide Building Society account number 0669/702931738.
For more information go to www.rudolf-fund.org.uk.