A brave disabled youngster has enjoyed the trip of a lifetime to Disney World thanks to a huge fund-raising drive – just weeks after the holiday was thrown into jeopardy due to a charity’s cash woes.
Nathan Large, 13, who has cerebral palsy, was set to miss out on his dream holiday due to a dramatic drop in donations to a charity offering holidays to children with life-limiting conditions.
But thanks to people who saw Nathan’s story in The Gazette, a fund-raising target of £2,000 was smashed – with more than £5,000 raised through various events.
Nathan’s mum, Claire, said she was astonished by the response, with events included a zumbathon and charity evening in London which raised £1,500 alone.
She added: “We want to thank everyone for the fund-raising.
“So many people helped. I just want to say thanks to the community – everyone pulled together.
“I was gobsmacked. It just shows the people of Blackpool can pull together.”
Every year Caudwell Children offers dream trips for 25 UK families who are unable to take holidays because of their child’s serious medical condition.
The charity provides medical support and volunteer helpers to enable youngsters to fly out to exotic destinations with their families alongside its usual work of offering support equipment and therapies to disabled children.
It was struggling to find the cash it needed to pay for all the emergency medical equipment needed to care for the children o n the trip.
The charity usually paid the full cost of the trip but a gradual reduction in donations over the last few years meant the budget for this year’s trip was short by £2,000 per family.
Thankfully after all the donations were gathered Nathan, alongside mum Claire, dad Ian and sister Rebecca, 15, flew to Florida for the week long trip at the start of this month.
Claire, of Penrose Avenue, Marton, added: “We went to all the parks and had a fantastic time.
“It was magical and amazing. The best part was when Nathan met a talking Mickey Mouse character – he was so excited.
“We’ve never had a holiday abroad like this before because of all the insurance costs – Nathan has 20 to 30 seizures a day. We had a volunteer who supported us and helped us all have a great time.”