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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.

Coronavirus

‘No demand to fly before August’ says Virgin Atlantic

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Ahead of a press conference this afternoon, Virgin Atlantic has said that a 14 day self-isolation for travellers entering the UK will prevent them from offering flights.

In their initial statement they say that these restrictions mean there won’t be sufficient deman to resumer passenger services before August at the earliest.

They add:

“The safety and security of our people and our customers is always our top priority and public health must come first. We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.

Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”

More information is expected to be released in a press conference being held this afternoon (22nd May).

Only two weeks ago Virgin Atlantic announced job cuts of 3,000 staff and stopped it flights from Gatwick.

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