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Hundreds of seriously ill children jet off to Florida for holiday of a lifetime

Video report from ITV News' Lauren Hall

A group of children from the East who all have serious illnesses or disabilities have been taken on a special holiday to Orlando, Florida.

There are 192 children on the Dreamflight trip. For many, this is their first time away without their parents and they are being looked after by a large team of doctors, nurses and other volunteers.

They were given a big send off at the weekend. The children travelled to London for a big party on Saturday night, before flying out of a private hangar at Heathrow Airport the following day.

The Dreamflight trip is now in its 30th year. Credit: ITV News

Some of the Paralympians were there to see them off, including Natasha Baker. She went on the trip when she was a child.

"I have so many memories. I was on the trip in 1999. I was only nine years old and had the time of my life."

– Natasha Baker, Paralympian
Paralympian Natasha Baker took a Dreamflight trip when she was a nine. Credit: ITV News

During the ten-day trip, the children visit theme parks such as Disney's Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Wild Florida.

They will also get the chance to go swimming with dolphins.

"Everyone here understands what each other go through, because we go through similar sorts of things."

– Joe Wheatley, 13

"I'm just really excited to be here and I'm glad that I took the opportunity."

– Hannah Clarkson

The trip is now in its 30th year and has helped thousands of children from across the UK.

Nearly 200 children have been taken on a special holiday to Orlando, Florida. Credit: ITV News