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Dreamflight trip of a lifetime for seriously ill children

Dreamflight trip to Orlando in Florida

Nearly two-hundred children with serious illnesses and disabilities have just returned from the trip of a lifetime.

They were taken to Orlando, Florida, by the Dreamflight charity. All the children are aged between 8 and 14, and they went without their parents.

They were cared for by a team of doctors, nurses and other volunteers. The charity's founder, Patricia Pearce MBE, said: "All the adults are so, so dedicated. They're all volunteers and to see that dedication and love going to those children - it's heart-wrenching."

The ten-day trip involved visits to all the main attractions, including the Disney parks, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.

Ria Thomas, 12,told us: "I'm really enjoying it and glad to be here because, this time last year, I was in hospital and now I'm in Florida on holiday, so it's great!"


Children's Dreamflight delight

Two hundred youngsters are on their way home after enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in Florida. Mike Pearse went along with the group.

Interviewees: Nyree Kindred and Liz Johnston, Paralympic medal winners; Stuart Robbins (13), Maidenhead; Paul Robbins, father, Harriet Little (14), Isle of Wight; and Erin Brewer (9), Banbury.

Interviewees: Charlie Dimmick, celebrity gardener; Ian Poulter, golfer; Dal Dale (14) Essex; Pat Pearse, Dreamflight founder; and Sophie Ryan-Palmer (11).


Annual Dreamflight ready to take off

Excitement builds as children head to their Dreamflight adventure Credit: John Ryall

Young people who are taking part in this year's annual Dreamflight are at Heathrow Airport for their flight. The yearly Dreamflight event is the biggest trip of its type in the world to take disabled and seriously ill children on holiday to Florida theme parks in the USA.

This year's theme is inspiring the next generation, so some of the UK's London 2012 Paralympians are on hand to wave the Dreamflight flyers off on their adventure.

Dreamflight youngsters meet Paralympians Credit: John Ryall