Fam­ily’s bid to send Chloe to Dis­ney World

Glossop Advertiser - - Front Page - Beth Ab­bit

THE fam­ily of a brave school­girl who suf­fers from se­ri­ous health prob­lems are fundrais­ing so she can en­joy her dream hol­i­day to Dis­ney World.

Chloe Row­land was born with a num­ber of com­plex med­i­cal con­di­tions which means she of­ten has to use a wheelchair.

Be­cause of a re­stric­tive lung con­di­tion, the Dis­ney-mad young­ster has never been abroad and her par­ents are des­per­ate for her to have a hol­i­day of her dreams. Chloe, 11, from Au­den­shaw, re­quires oxy­gen at night and at­tends reg­u­lar ap­point­ments at Great Or­mond Street, Alder Hey and Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals.

To get some much­needed respite, Chloe’s par­ents Sarah and Colin ap­plied for a place on Caud­well Chil­dren’s an­nual Des­ti­na­tion Dreams hol­i­day to Dis­ney World, in Florida.

The char­ity, which pro­vides prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port to dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, gives 25 chil­dren a year the chance to go on a spe­cial trip.Sarah, 33, says she was de­lighted when Chloe and the fam­ily were of­fered a place - but the race is now on to raise the nec­es­sary funds to cover the cost of the hol­i­day.

“The fam­i­lies are re­ally well looked after as the char­ity pro­vide a ded­i­cated team of pae­di­atric doc­tors and nurses who are avail­able 24/7,” she said.

“This is re­ally im­por­tant for us as we have never been on a plane to­gether or even out of the country as a fam­ily.

“We’ve been told by doc­tors that Chloe can’t go on a flight with­out med­i­cal help, be­cause on a plane the cabin pres­sure is greater and oxy­gen is thin­ner.

“So the fact Caud­well Chil­dren pro­vide a full med­i­cal team is per­fect for us.

“The fact there will be a team of pae­di­atric doc­tors and nurses on the flight gives us real con­fi­dence.”

Around 40 vol­un­teers will also join the trip to as­sist fam­i­lies around the theme parks.

Be­cause of the cost of tak­ing very poorly chil­dren over­seas, the char­ity has to pay an av­er­age of £12,000 per fam­ily. As a re­sult, fam­i­lies due to en­joy the hol­i­day are aim­ing to raise cash for the char­ity to make sure they can all get on the plane to Florida in De­cem­ber.

Chloe’s dad, 36, said: “To see Chloe en­joy­ing her­self with her three­year-old brother, Wil­liam, would be mag­i­cal.

“I just hope the pub­lic sup­port our cam­paign.”

You can sup­port Chloe through her Just Giv­ing page at: just­giv­ing.com/ hol­i­day4chloe or do­nate by tex­ting PEAL82 then the amount to 70070.

l● Chloe Row­land, 11, can’t board a flight with­out med­i­cal help

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