CHILDREN with various disabilities flew out from Manchester Airport last Friday on this year's Miles of Smiles Disneyland Paris trip.
The adventure was made possible after another year of fundraising events, donations and a massive communications exercise.
Children from Chester, Flintshire, North Wales and Ellesmere Port - each with one-to-one carers - lived their dream and experienced a trip of a lifetime sponsored by individuals, groups, businesses and organisations within the community.
Friday morning started early for Dean Simmonds and mum Angela and Beth and Sandra Lawrence of Chester when they were guests of honour live on Dee 106.3 radio station telling everyone about their imminent Disneyland adventure.
At 11.30am, the party of 40, which included Buckley-based doctor Amrit Goyal, were whisked off to Manchester Airport en-route to the luxurious Newport Bay Hotel in the plush grounds of Disney Village.
As always the trip was a tribute to the organisational skills of co-ordinator and Miles of Smiles secretary Brian Peers.
A busy schedule for the four day trip included two day passes into the theme parks, special badges and passes to the front of queues at rides and in restaurants and cafes, an audience with all the Disneyland characters, a fireworks display and VIP treatment.
Sandra Lawrence, who accompanied her four-year-old daughter Beth, who has cerebral palsy, said: 'You can't put into words how Beth and I have felt to be part of something so wonderful.
'The whole thing makes you feel a mixture of elation and humility. We have memories that will last a lifetime and have so much admiration for the people responsible for organising this trip.
'Beth smiled throughout the whole trip and lived out her dream of meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the look on her face is something indescribable.
'Thank you to all concerned and especially Brian Peers.'
Miles of Smiles chairman Mick Hughes said: 'I cannot thank the people enough who have made another trip possible for members of the community.
'These trips lift the spirits of everyone involved and give everything a purpose. I'm delighted that other members of the committee were able to experience the trip for the first time and know it will inspire them to carry on with their fundraising activities.
'I hope everyone who has had any sort of input in helping us achieve our goal feels very proud.'