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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®. 

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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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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses

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Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat its security trays with enough UV light energy to guarantee a 99.9% microbe disinfection rate – protecting passengers and staff and reducing the spread of coronaviruses, including COVID-19, and other infections on this high-touch surface area.

The new, highly effective system – provided by Smiths Detection – sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the hand luggage screening system, as trays exit the scanners, so that every tray is treated immediately before each passenger uses it.

Following a one-month trial on a single security lane in July 2020, with laboratory testing demonstrating a 99.9% microbe disinfection rate, the new system will be rolled out on eight lanes in Gatwick’s North Terminal – six for passengers and two for staff – by the end of this month.

The system uses short-wavelength UV-C light, which laboratory tests show is effective against coronaviruses, including COVID-19 and SARS, as the radiation warps the structure of their genetic material and prevents the viral particles from replicating.

The UV-C light is completely contained within a covered unit designed following safety standard BS EN ISO 15858:2016, ensuring no risk of exposure to either passengers or staff.

Gatwick and other airports have already deployed other anti-viral systems, such as coatings sprayed on to trays, however this protection dissipates over time whereas this new system treats every tray just before use – ensuring maximum protection and a reduced risk of passing on infection.

Other health measures in place at Gatwick include the frequent, enhanced deep cleaning of common-use surfaces throughout the airport, installation of approx. 500 Perspex screens, social distancing procedures at check in, security and gate rooms, well-spaced seating in departure halls and in restaurants, bars and shops and regularly signposted hand washing facilities and around 200 sanitising stations.

All passengers are also advised to bring and wear their own face covering throughout the airport and to check Gatwick’s latest online health guidance before leaving home.

Adrian Witherow, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

The health and wellbeing of our passengers and staff remains our priority. The system goes above and beyond the guidelines and we will continue to do everything we can to help reassure our passengers that flying is still a great travelling experience and that the health measures we have in place are effective and easy to follow.

“This new system has proven itself to be extremely reliable and provides a really high degree of reassurance as every single passenger and staff member using the system will have a tray that has only just been disinfected.  As an airport, we will continue to explore innovative health solutions like this that reduce the spread of coronaviruses and other infections. “

We’ve partnered with Gatwick Airport on a number of security projects over the years, bringing them cutting-edge screening technology and greater operational efficiency,” said Richard Thompson, Smiths Detection’s Global Director of Aviation.

The introduction of the UV-C kits demonstrates their interest in ensuring the highest standard of care for their customers and team members in response to COVID-19. The technology deployed by Smiths Detection will not only help to create a healthy airport but is also completely safe to use and will not slow down the security screening process.”

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