Twelve year old Sam Fisher from Greenlaw is waiting for an operation to correct a rare spinal condition - but in the meantime he’s heading for some fun at Disney World!
Sam is one of 25 children and their families jetting out of Gatwick on December 1, to some Florida sunshine and Disney magic, courtesy of the Caldwell Children charity’s Destination Dreams trip.
Sam was born with a rare spinal muscular condition that restricts his movement and makes him a full time wheelchair user. Since January 2013, he has been on the waiting list for a vital operation to correct his scoliosis, taking pressure off his heart and lungs.
Given the severity of his condition, Sam and his family have struggled to go away in the past but he has always dreamed of going on a plane and visiting Disney World Florida.
As Sam, mum Susan and big brother Dean get ready for the trip of a lifetime Susan said: “Because of the difficulties of travelling with a child in a wheelchair we’ve been frightened of going outside the UK.
“Sam’s very excited about going to Disney World, it’s somewhere he’s always wanted to go. He’s really excited about flying and really, really excited about Disney World and Universal Studios, we can’t thank Caudwell Children enough.”
A recent appeal for additional funds to cover the cost of ancillary emergency medical equipment for the trip was successful thanks to the generosity of local people and departure day is rapidly approaching.
Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from the public and their generosity will give Sam and his family the experience of a lifetime.
“Donations have come in from all sides of the community, from individuals, family and friends, to donations from local businesses. People have given via the Just Giving Page whilst many have simply sent cheques. It’s been a true community effort.”
Organising a Destination Dream holiday like this doesn’t come cheap - taking along the essential medical team and equipment takes the cost up to £10,000 per family.
You can support Destination Dreams by donating through our Just Giving page here: www.justgiving.com/Destination-dreams14/