Magic Bus trip lights up faces of hospice children

Merlin's Magic Bus took children from Brian House on a special trip to Blackpool Tower and down the Illuminations
Merlin's Magic Bus took children from Brian House on a special trip to Blackpool Tower and down the Illuminations
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Blackpool Tower lit up the faces of children from Brian House as it brought in Merlin’s Magic Bus to take them to the Illuminations.

Youngsters from the children’s hospice were treated to a night out along the Golden Mile thanks to the Tower’s charity arm, Merlin’s Magic Wand.

Children from the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, were whisked up Blackpool Tower to enjoy sights and the sunset from the Tower Eye, before travelling along the Promenade to see the Lights.

The specially adapted bus was donated to the hospice in July to give carers the chance to take children out on trips, accommodating wheelchairs and medical equipment, and providing sensory features for children.

It has been designed and adapted, at a cost of £50,000, to cater for children’s needs.

It has a DVD player, LED interchangeable lights and a Star Cloth – designed with lights to look like a sky scene – all of which are intended to help create memorable experiences for patients.

Tower bosses said it was a joy to be able to treat the children, many of whom have never before been able to experience the spectacle, despite living in the area their whole lives.

Iain Hawkins, from Merlin Entertainments, said: “Our relationship with Brian House is something we are extremely proud of, as the hospice does a sterling job in the local community.

“It’s great seeing the bus in action, as previously the children of Brian House could not venture out on special trips together – now they can!”

Linzi Young, head of fund-raising for Trinity Hospice, added: “Merlin’s Magic Bus has helped us to provide special days out to places we wouldn’t ordinarily have been able to take the children to.

“We’re so thankful to Merlin’s Magic Wand charity for making it happen, and to Merlin Entertainments for the experiences they have given us and for those we all have ahead.”