Families affected by the Manchester Arena are being flown to Disneyland Paris today.
Children who were at the Arena, or were affected by the events in May, are being treated to the a day to remember with Liverpool comedian John Bishop and some of the cast from Chester-based soap Hollyoaks.
They will be welcomed on board a British Airways flight from Manchester Airport to Paris where they will be met by two more famous faces, Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright, for a fun-filled day at Disneyland Paris.
The trip is part of British Airways’ celebrations to mark the airline reaching a landmark £17 million raised for Flying Start, its global charity partnership with Comic Relief since 2010.
The money raised has helped Comic Relief fund projects in the UK and around the world, including the Youth Factory Zone in Manchester who are also sending 10 youngsters on the trip.
Mary Barry, British Airways’ Community Investment Manager, said:
Julian Carr, Manchester Airport’s Aviation Director, said:
British Airways and Disneyland Paris have been working with the Red Cross and Love Manchester to identify which families to take on the trip.
Community outreach and charitable giving has been a priority activity for Disneyland Paris since the resort opened in 1992. Disney magic is shared through the Disney VoluntEARS programme, whereby employees donate their time and talents to others through outreach events. In total, 755 Disney VoluntEARS gave over 4,332 hours to community service in 2017. The same year, Disneyland Paris offered its support to more than 300 different European associations, with over 1,000 community outreach events organised and supported every year including onsite day events, wishes granted to children, and visits to medical centres.
Annabel Altmann, Senior Manager of Disneyland Paris Corporate Citizenship, said