Raising money for terminally ill kids’ trip of a lifetime

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A nurse is hoping to raise more than £1,000 to help pay for the trip of a lifetime for a group of terminally-ill children.

Sandra Hanrahan, from Stanley Common, will accompany 25 youngsters to the Disney World resort in Florida, USA this November as a voluntary carer.

The trip is an annual event organised by Caudwell Children’s Trust called Destination Dreams - a programme devised to make it possible for children with terminal and life-limiting illnesses to go on a fully supported holiday with their families.

The 56-year-old district nurse has held various fundraising events, including car boot sales, to try and raise money for the cause.

“I handed out tubes of Smarties at work and people have eaten them and then filled them with coins,” she said.

“The more money we raise, the more children they can take.”

The families will stay in their own villa at a unique resort, named Give Kids the World, specifically designed for children with a high medical dependency.

Ms Hanrahan, who has so far raised £450, added: “The children with smiles on their faces would just make my week.”

The grandmother of three, who was granted a place on the trip after an interview with the children’s charity, hopes to take pressure off parents during the holiday.

“If the child is in a wheelchair, I can push the wheelchair to help them enjoy it.

“They can be themselves and see the happiness in their child’s eyes.”

Ms Hanrahan has taken part in many fundraising activities in the past including walking the Great Wall of China and trekking the Inca Trail, which collectively raised around £7,500 for Macmillan and Help the Aged.

“I’d like to hope that if my child were terminally ill someone would do this for mine,” she said.

To learn more about the trip or to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/sandra-hanrahan1.

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