Without the generosity of the people of Grantham, a fairytale trip to Disneyland Paris for a group of deserving families would not have been possible.
Now the 16 families, members of Grantham Disabled Children Society (GDCS), have returned from their magical trip and they want to say a “massive thank you” to everyone who contributed.
GDCS trustees – in particular Micky Stokes and Kaz and Nicola Smith – spent almost a year raising money for the trip with the huge target of £20,000 to meet.
They held tombolas, pub crawls, quiz nights and more to make sure they could fulfil a promise to whisk all 16 families away to the family theme park.
Was all the hard work worth it? “Yes!” said Micky, of Harrowby Lane, Grantham. “It was out of this world. It was the trip-of-a-lifetime, the magical trip it was supposed to be.
“The fireworks, the laser show, the emotions...oh! It was just out of this world. A massive thank you to everyone who helped us.”
It was out of this world, the magical trip it was supposed to be.Micky Stokes
Sadly, Kaz and Nicola were unable to join the trip, and they were “sadly missed,” said Micky.
Two AC Williams coaches transported the group to France, where they stayed at The Explorers Hotel. Wasting not a moment, they dropped off their bags and off to the park they went.
No trip to Disneyland would be complete without watching the famous parade, which left many of the youngsters in awe.
Over the three days, families kept their eye out for Disney characters with whom to pose for pictures, and took in the Walt Disney Studio Tour and stunt show.
Fellow trustee Darryl Blair said: “On the final night all families headed back to the park to watch the fireworks and light show, a 30-minute display of what can only be described as spectacular and a must-see.
“All the children, parents and carers left the park with massive smiles on their faces.”
It was soon time to pack up the suitcases to return home, but not without a special trip first to Paris, where they visited the Eiffel Tower.
GDCS thanks not only everyone who donated towards the trip, but also to AC Williams’ staff and Morrisons, Bookers Cash and Carry, Wilkinson, Gregg’s and The Urban Hotel for providing food and drink for the coach trip.