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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.

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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®. 

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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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Prolific shoplifter jailed after stealing from Gatwick Airport store

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed for beaching his Criminal Behaviour Order at Gatwick Airport.

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About 2.50am on Friday 12 November, police received a report of a theft at Marks and Spencer, in the North Terminal.

A man had entered the store, which was closed to customers, through a small gap in the shutters. The gap was being used by staff and maintenance workers to carry out refurbishments.

They challenged the man and asked him to leave. As he did so, he grabbed two bottles of rum worth £16.99 each and ran from the store.

He was chased and detained, and identified as Darren Pullen, 52, unemployed, of no fixed address.

The two bottles he stole were recovered, one of which had already been opened and partially consumed.

Enquiries revealed Pullen was subject to a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order imposed by Horsham Magistrates’ Court 24 July due to a history of similar offences.

This prohibits him from entering any premises displaying a Crawley or Gatwick Shopwatch sticker, and entering Gatwick Airport unless as a passenger with proof of a valid ticket.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order, and remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 12 November.

He pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to a total of 12 weeks’ imprisonment, and ordered to pay £16.99 compensation.

PC Jonny Walker, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, said:

“Pullen has been a thorn in the side of the retail community at Gatwick Airport for several months, and we built a case for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider a Criminal Behaviour Order due to his numerous offences of shoplifting and antisocial behaviour.

“Unfortunately, he has shown a blatant disregard for the order, which is why he now faces a number of weeks in prison.

“We hope this sentence serves as a reminder that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated at Gatwick Airport – or anywhere else in Sussex for that matter.

“This is a great example of partnership working between Sussex Police, Gatwick Airport and its retailers, who played a key role in reporting offences to bring this case to court.

“We work closely together to prevent and detect crime, and to take action against anyone caught committing offences.”

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