Incredible DreamFlight Experience for Local Youngster
Written by Darren James on November 12, 2019
Article Published on Tuesday November 12, 2019 9:54 PM by Darren James
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Ruby Smith, from Kilsby (near Daventry and Rugby) has just returned from the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando organised by the Dreamflight Charity.
Ruby, 12, a pupil at Ashlawn school in Rugby was nominated for this incredible experience by her Consultant, Dr Hewertson at Northampton General Hospital and she spent an incredible 10 days in Florida visiting 7 theme parks and enjoying pool parties and an unforgettable Halloween !
Dreamflight is an amazing UK charity that each year takes 192 children with a lifechanging illness or disability to Orlando, Florida for 10 amazing days without their parents. Established in 1987 and operating annually since, Dreamflightbelieves that fun and joy are just as important as medical research and equipment – especially for children who perhaps can’t wait long enough for the breakthrough they need or whose illnesses and treatments have brought pain, distress and disruption to their lives. The trip costs in the region of £750k each year and relies 100% on fundraising and donations.
Ruby had a brain haemorrhage at 6 months old and as a result has suffered with complex epilepsy, left sided hemiplegia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Luckily, she underwent EpilepsySurgery at Great Ormond Street in 2016 and has been seizure free ever since.
The experience started with a party at the Hilton Hotel at Heathrow where the VICs (Very Important Children) got to meet some famous faces including Hagrid, R2D2 and Dick and Dom! The following morning the 192 Children and their army of Doctors, Nurses, Physios and other volunteers boarded the specially charted Boeing 747 and set off for Florida. The VICs are spilt into regional groups and Ruby was with 15 other children from the Midlands in the Goofy Group.
During the trip the children all got to experience the thrills and spills of Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, Seaworld, Universal Studios and Discovery Cove where they all had the opportunity to swim with a Dolphin. ITV News followed the trip and Ruby recently featured in their report broadcast across the region.
Speaking of the experience Ruby said “Swimming with the dolphin at Discovery Cove was my favourite part. My Dolphin was called Akai…I also went on Mako ride which is the fastest roller coaster in Orlando, it was really scary! I had such a brilliant time on Dreamflight, I didn’t want to come home!”
Ruby’s Mum, Jenni is now fundraising for Dreamflight byparticipating in Race to the Stones 2020 which is 100km none-stop walk. She is keen to ensure that other children can have the same incredible experience as Ruby. Ruby also plans to do a sponsored walk to fundraise for Dreamflight.
You can support Dreamflight by sponsoring Jenni using the following link->
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