Magical trip to Lapland for seriously ill children

Snowball fights, sleigh rides and a meeting with Santa were all part of the annual When You Wish Upon a Star (WYWUAS) Lapland trip which took place this month (3 December).

The magical trip transported excited children to Lapland, flying from East Midlands Airport away from hospitals and appointments and into a magical world filled with Christmas spirit.

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For the trip the charity chartered a private flight at a cost of £90,000 which was raised through kind donations, whisking children and their family to a winter wonderland.

Children attended the trip from across the UK.

Nicola Brien, corporate fundraiser at WYWUAS, said: “Our Lapland trip is extraordinary, as it gives the ultimate gift of smiles and happiness for children and families who are most in need of it.

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“The trip gives the children, who are living with a life-threatening illness, respite and time out from painful treatments to simply be a child for the day. It also gives parents a break and a chance to see their children smile, creating precious treasured memories which last a lifetime.”

The yuletide trip commenced with a magical plane ride, where children and guardians were encouraged to sing along to classic Christmas carols such as Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells.

Upon landing the group were taken to the Magical Forest, where they were greeted by mischievous elves and woodland creatures who challenged children to snowball fights and sleigh races.

After a busy day of sleigh rides, Siberian huskies and reindeers, the very special group of guests were guided to a hotel, where they were served dinner and met Santa Claus, who gave each boy and girl a Christmas gift.

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Nicola added: “We hope the pictures and memories from the Lapland trip stay with the families and children forever, we are so pleased to have hosted another fantastic journey to Lapland.

“All of the funds raised by everyday people really do create magic for these children, and we hope the Lapland trip reminds our supporters how much their efforts mean to the charity’s work.

Fundraising makes the trip possible for the life-changing charity. WYWUAS is already gearing up for another year of fundraising, and is encouraging businesses and communities to support its work.

To take part in the charity’s campaigns or to become elf volunteers, please contact WYWUAS by email: fundraising@whenyouwish.org.uk or telephone: 0115 979 1720.

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