Mayor’s move safe­guards Ru­dolf Fund

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - @Et­ben­truslove By BEN TRUSLOVE

A CHAR­ITY which runs Christ­mas trips to Dis­ney­land Paris for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties has been saved from clo­sure for at least an­other year.

The Ru­dolf Fund has been picked by the new Mayor, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Si­mons, as one of his char­i­ties for the year, along with Sup­port­ers of Combat Stress.

It guar­an­tees the char­ity will be able to run an­other trip to Dis­ney­land Paris next year – only months af­ter it an­nounced it might have to cease op­er­at­ing.

The news de­lighted Louisa Collins who went on the trip last year with son Se­bas­tian (4).

The young­ster has a rare ge­netic meta­bolic dis­or­der called galac­tosaemia which could be fa­tal if he ever con­sumes dairy lac­tose, or galac­tose, found in toma­toes or water melon.

He also has asthma, is autis­tic, has se­vere sleep prob­lems and be­havioural dif­fi­cul­ties.

His brother Jack (11), who is a reg­is­tered carer, and dad Ian also went on the trip.

Louisa said: “The Ru­dolf Fund and what it does is so im­por­tant. The trip changed our lives.

“We made life-long fam­ily friends with peo­ple and just felt like we weren’t alone.

“There are other peo­ple in the world who un­der­stand what we are go­ing through.”

The char­ity proved so im­por­tant to Louisa and Ian that they now sit on the com­mit­tee, and Louisa plans to raise funds for the char­ity by tak­ing part in the Great East­ern Run.

The char­ity is about £4,000 short of the funds it needs to or­gan­ise the next trip and is still ap­peal­ing for gen­er­ous do­na­tions.

But it is con­fi­dent enough money will be raised for the next trip be­fore the do­na­tion from the Mayor’s char­i­ties comes in next year.

John Fox, the char­ity sec­re­tary, said: “We are over the moon we have been se­lected.

“Be­ing the Mayor’s char­ity will guar­an­tee us at least one coach for next year’s trip. “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted. “To be hon­est, not long ago we were go­ing to close, but our for­tunes have turned around.”

The fund takes young­sters and their fam­i­lies to Dis­ney­land Paris to en­sure they have a mag­i­cal Christ­mas.

The chil­dreny spend about two days in the king­dom, en­joy­ing the rides and meet­ing all their favourite char­ac­ters.

Cllr Si­mons said: “There are hun­dreds of char­i­ties out there and all want your help be­cause it’s a dif­fi­cult time at the mo­ment.

“But these two both do such im­por­tant things. The Ru­dolf Fund does such won­der­ful work with dis­abled chil­dren. “And I don’t think enough is done to look into the men­tal stress of serv­ing sol­diers, which is why I’ve picked Sup­port­ers of Combat Stress.”

de­lighted: Events like this Christ­mas Party at the Exec Suite at London Road foot­ball ground look set to con­tinue

HAPPY: Se­bas­tian Collins who en­joyed a dream ad­ven­ture thanks to the Ru­dolf Fund

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