PARENTS of disabled children have thanked charity organisers for giving them a ‘fantastic and unforgettable’ trip to Disneyland Paris.
Last week, we told how Ellesmere Port youngsters had been part of a 42-strong party who jetted out to the French resort for a four-day stay.
Their trip of a lifetime was made possible thanks to generous donors who supported the Pioneer-backed Miles of Smiles charity.
The children, each with one parent or carer, were given badges and passes allowing them to the front of the huge queues at the resort’s many attractions.
The group, which comprised children from Ellesmere Port, Chester and Flintshire, also enjoyed a sight-seeing tour of Paris and lunch beneath the Eiffel Tower.
Coincidentally, this was Disneyland Paris’ 15th anniversary and also the 15th year that Miles of Smiles has been making children’s dreams come true.
Sheryl McHugh, of Princes Road, Ellesmere Port, who went with her nine-year-old son John, said: ‘We both had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the whole trip.’
She thanked everyone concerned and also Jonny and Emma from Dee Banks School, Chester for nominating them to go.
Jonathan Sass, 15, went with dad Graham, of Great Sutton, who said: ‘We have memories to cherish. The trip would not have been possible without all the help we received. Thank you to The City of Chester Male Voice Choir for sponsoring our adventure.’
Francesca Wall, 14, and her mum Beverley, from Grace Road in Ellesmere Port, said: ‘We haven’t stopped smiling. It was undoubtedly the best holiday we have ever experienced.’
And 15-year-old Christopher Price and mum Bernadette, of Little Sutton, said: ‘We had a brilliant time, Christopher has loved every second, Thank you Miles of Smiles so much.’
Charity chairman Mick Hughes said: ‘There are far too many people to thank for this very special 15th anniversary trip, but to everyone who contributed time, effort and money, a heartfelt thank you.
‘A very special thank you to Dr Goyal for looking out for us all, and Elaine, Jonny and Emma from the committee for their hard work, and Brian Peers for organising a very smooth and memorable trip.’