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

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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.

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