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North Devon charity gives severely ill and disabled youngsters trip of a lifetime – Devon Live

Children with serious illness or major disabilities have had a trip of a lifetime in the USA thanks to a North Devon charity.

The Children’s Holiday Foundation treated eight youngsters to two weeks in Florisa. The charity has now taken 192 children on 24 separate holidays since 1993.

The children are accompanied by voluntary adult helpers on a two week holiday to Florida to visit the many exciting theme parks including the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood, Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens and Gatorland.

Youngsters also head to Discovery Cove where they swim with the dolphins and spend time relaxing in the hotel swimming pool, shopping and eating in the family restaurants.

A DVD and photo book is made of the holiday which allows the families to share their child’s experience with them.

Dr Robin Buckland from the charity said: “This is our 25 year as a charity and it was one of our most enjoyable trips, the weather was beautiful and the children loved every minute of the holiday.

“Whether it was swimming with the dolphins at Discovery Cove or in the hotel pool, being thrown around in a high speed roller coaster, or shopping and eating, I saw nothing but happy smiling faces, they will all have very special memories of this two weeks for the rest of their lives.

“Only they, and their families know what they have been through with their illness and disabilities and in a small way we help them to build their confidence to cope with whatever life throws at them in the future. I would like to thank my voluntary helpers whose hard work, commitment and care make these holidays such fun for the children. I would also like to thank everyone who supports us in such a generous way, because without you these holidays would not happen. Our next holiday is now planned for May 2019.

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