MORE than 190 children left yesterday for the vacation of a lifetime as part of a program between British Airways and British charity Dreamflight.
Dreamflight supports children between the ages of eight and 14 with a serious illness or disability and was co-founded by Patricia Pearce MBE, former British Airways cabin crew.
Each year, the charity partners with British Airways to provide children with a truly memorable holiday.
Since the first flight in 1987, more than 6,200 children have flown on Dreamflight, with British Airways colleagues donating their time each year to support departures from Heathrow.
It is the 34th year that the two organizations have come together to organize the incredible trip to Orlando, Florida.
Due to the pandemic, Dreamflight has not been able to take off for the past two years, making this year’s flight very special.
Many of the 192 children who flew to Florida have never experienced a vacation or even a trip abroad due to the complexity of their illnesses.
To ensure the children are well cared for, they are attended 24 hours a day by volunteer doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, supported by British Airways cabin crew and pilots.
To see the children off in style, British Airways and Dreamflight threw a special party at one of the airline’s hangars at Heathrow. The children also enjoyed entertainment courtesy of an RAF Air Cadets Marching Band and dozens of police puppies.
In Orlando, kids will spend eight magical days enjoying a range of activities in the sunshine state, including visits to Universal Studios and other Florida attractions.
Carrie Harris, Director of Sustainability at British Airways, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Dreamflight back for its 34th annual voyage.
“It’s always one of the highlights of our year as many of our colleagues volunteer their time to support. I want to thank them for helping make this possible.
“Hearing how much the Dreamflight experience means to the children and their families means it’s a real honor to be able to help create memories that will last forever.”
Liz Johnson, Paralympic gold medal swimmer and Patron of Dreamflight, said: “This is a full circle moment to be a part of Dreamflight, having taken part in the trip myself as a child in 1997.
“Seeing the younger generation have these opportunities feels so special and I want to empower them to achieve whatever they set out to do.”
British Airways Captain Philip Ticehurst, who operated the charter, said: “We are delighted to be back with Dreamflight again this year.
“This is my 16th time of leading the Dreamflight charter and I couldn’t be more honored. It is such a humbling experience to fly these kids on the journey of a lifetime. You are an inspiration to all of us.”
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