The Miles of Smiles charity’s latest trip set off after more than three years of fundraising to send sick and disabled children to Disneyland Paris.

A party of 30, at a cost of £35,000, left from Deeside Leisure and Chester FC to Manchester Airport and then onward to The New York Hotel inside the Disneyland Paris complex.

They had the use of two day park passes to use in both Disney Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney Studios where they were able to go on the rides with special VIP passes to avoid the queues and enjoy all the entertainment along with parades and fireworks.

The weather was gloomy leaving Manchester but hot and sunny on the Saturday followed, unfortunately, by rain on the Sunday but that did not dampen the high spirits of the children.

Lots of walking done by the parents but well worth it to have their children happy and worn out.

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Sue Thomas, chair of the charity, said: “It has taken a long time to raise the money and get the charity back on track to enable us to do the trip but it was well worth the hard work by us, but mainly thanks should go to the people who have raised money in a variety of ways to ensure this trip takes place again.

“I can assure them that every penny made a difference and that they helped to put a smile on all of the children’s faces.

“We are now in the throes of starting to plan the next trip and anyone wishing to do some fundraising for us who needs help with publicity only needs to contact me and we will do all we can to help.”

Miles of Smiles would like to thank Chester FC for the use of their car park.

Also the charity sends its heartfelt best wishes to the family of little Erin Cross , who was meant to go on the trip but was too poorly to travel and is currently receiving treatment at Alder Hey. Erin is top of the list for the next trip.

The charity says it would be nice if a trip could take place next year as both they and Disneyland Paris are 25 years old. Contact milesofsmileschester.com .