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Amazing send off by Gatwick Police & Virgin Atlantic as children fly to Orlando with Dreams Come True charity

From 29th October to 7th November 2019, nine children and their families, alongside Dreams Come True staff and a volunteer nurse, are staying at CLC World Resorts & Hotels’ Regal Oaks resort in Kissimmee, Orlando.

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Gatwick Police were invited along to the check-in desk at Virgin Atlantic this morning as nine incredible children along with their families set off on the trip of a lifetime.

Photo: Victor Finch @PCSOVicFinch

Arranged through CLC World’s charitable initiative – CLC World Charity Holidays – the Dreams Come True guests enjoyed a welcome dinner at the Sofitel Hotel, London on 28th October before flying to Orlando on 29th October.

A full and fun itinerary of Orlando’s theme parks and attractions awaited the children, all of whom live with serious or life-limiting illnesses, from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ to Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. 

Photo: Victor Finch @PCSOVicFinch

CLC World also laid on an exclusive BBQ at CLC Regal Oaks with renowned UK journalist and broadcaster, Jennie Bond, hosting. Jennie, who hosted the same event in 2018, said: “I’m proud, as CLC World’s ambassador, to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful families and spend time with them as their dreams came true.

The collaboration between CLC World and Dreams Come True is so important as it allows the children and their families to spend time away together and have good old-fashioned fun, creating special memories in the process.”

A Dreams Come True spokesperson said:

“Since 1989, the Dreams Come True group trip to Disney World has given each Dream family something special to look forward to and happy memories they will cherish forever.

So many of the children and young adults we support have missed out on experiences other people might take for granted. This is why the group trip is so important: it allows each Dream family to experience the magic of Disney with others who know exactly what they are going through.

Each Dream family who stays with CLC World feels like royalty. We are so grateful that CLC World provides such a beautiful backdrop for our Dream families to relax and recharge.”

CLC World has worked with Dreams Come True since 2017, providing free accommodation at its worldwide resorts. This year’s group trip to Orlando is the second for which CLC World has provided accommodation.

Graham Wilding, UK Managing Director at CLC World, added:

“CLC World understands how precious time spent together as a family is. Our partnership with Dreams Come True helps make this group trip and other breaks, away from the stress of everyday life, a reality.

For those coping with the serious or life-limiting illness of a loved one, these carefree times are even more special and we want to make it easier for charities such as Dreams Come True to provide those opportunities.”

A spokesperson from Virgin Atlantic said:

Virgin Atlantic is extremely proud to have played a part in this wonderful trip for a group of such wonderful young people. One of the best parts of our jobs is being able to facilitate special trips such as the one this morning, and we hope that the group have an amazing time.

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Gatwick Airport to receive £8 million Government grant to protect local jobs and bounce back after coronavirus

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Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has welcomed an announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that Gatwick Airport is now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million per business, helping to protect jobs and the local economy in Crawley.

The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which opened on Friday 29th January, will help Gatwick (and other commercial airports across England) to cover losses on costs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including airfield operations, contracted services such as airfield and runway maintenance, and business rate bills.

Airports and ground handlers can apply to the scheme on GOV.UK, and if successful, should receive their funding by the end of the financial year.

The financial support scheme, which follows the Government’s extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme, is open for applications until 21st February 2021.

This investment will help support Gatwick Airport following the introduction of international travel restrictions designed to protect public health and prevent the spread of Covid-19 as the Government continues to roll out its world-leading vaccination programme.

Henry said;

“I’m pleased that Gatwick Airport will receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times.

“This funding offers vital support for Gatwick Airport – which supports so many jobs and businesses in Crawley.

“The Government has provided unprecedented levels of support to protect jobs and businesses through the pandemic, and this latest support will be hugely important for helping Crawley to build back better after coronavirus.

“As Crawley MP and Chair of the Future of Aviation All-Party Parliamentary Group I’ve continued to urge Government to ensure support for the industry and this will remain my call to ministers.”

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented;

“A thriving aviation industry has been central to the success of this country and while we recognise the testing conditions airports are currently facing as a result of the pandemic, I believe that the sector will be ready to bounce back once restrictions are lifted.

“Today’s scheme is another step in the right direction, providing vital support for an industry that is raring to get back to business, once it is safe to do so.”

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