A BOY who suffers from a rare condition making him allergic to the cold is being treated to a trip so he can enjoy some warming sun.
St Annes charity Ray of Sunshine is paying for eight-year-old Aidan Smith and his family, to stay in its villa in Cadiz, Spain, in June.
Keen swimmer Aidan, of Rossington Avenue, Bispham, is unable to go outside for sustained periods in case he goes into anaphylactic shock because of his unusual allergy.
Charity fonder David Lee has sent 22 youngsters on trips in the past 12 months and decided to step in after reading about Aidan’s condition in The Gazette.
He said: “After reading Aidan’s story we thought he deserved a sunshine holiday.
“With him having to be wrapped up in winter and not being allowed to go outside with his friends, it’s going to be a good break for him and a bit of respite for his parents.”
The youngster has been able to enjoy swimming sessions in a heated pool at the Cliffs Hotel, North Shore, for the past seven months, but cannot play outside with his friends or lead a normal life.
And Mr Lee added: “When I read the story I knew Aidan was someone who was deserving of it.
“Hopefully it will help with his swimming because there’s a pool and a jacuzzi and it’s going to be great for them.
“When we went to see the family his friends were coming round to see him but he wasn’t allowed out and it’s like he was trapped inside the house.
“Hopefully it will be beneficial for him in Spain.”
The charity has secured the flights through their partnership with Jet2 and the family will not have to pay a penny to get there.
Melissa Smith, 32, Aidan’s mum, told The Gazette: “I was overwhelmed when I found out about the holiday.
“It will be fantastic for us to get away because we haven’t been on holiday since Aidan was three.
“He has been bouncing off the walls since we found out.
“He isn’t bothered about Christmas anymore, he just wants June to come so he can go swimming in the pool.
“He’s changed so much in the seven months since he started swimming again and he’s a much happier little boy.
“It’s great so many people know about his condition as well, probably about half of Blackpool.”
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