Mayor’s move safeguards Rudolf Fund
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