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Mayor's charity sends kids on holiday

PUBLISHED: 10:48 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 11 August 2010

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MICKEY Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto greeted some of the borough s youngsters as they flew out to Florida for a very special holiday. Nine Barking and Dagenham youngsters have been handed the trip of a lifetime thanks to the Mayor s charity The National Ho

MICKEY Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto greeted some of the borough's youngsters as they flew out to Florida for a very special holiday.

Nine Barking and Dagenham youngsters have been handed the trip of a lifetime thanks to the Mayor's charity The National Holiday Fund.

The charity takes chronically or terminally ill children and temporarily or permanently physically disabled children, on a unique international adventure to Florida.

At the start of his term Mayor Cllr Fred Barns announced that the charity had kindly agreed that 12 children from the borough could take part in such a holiday. Unfortunately three children who were set for the holiday were unable to take part due to their health.

The Mayor is well on his way to raising the £30,000 that would cover the cost of the trip and as a result the children departed from Gatwick Airport on Saturday, April 12.

The two week holiday will take in all the popular tourist attractions that the sunshine state has become known for including Disney World and Sea World.

Whilst on the trip the children will be accompanied by health professionals to ensure that they have all their needs catered for.

Cllr Barns told the POST: "It has been fantastic to be involved in this from day one and see it come into fruition.

"It made me feel very humble when I met the children and they all told me that they were very excited about their holiday.

"We know that they are all going to have a wonderful time and it really brought a tear to the eye on the day.

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