Charity Registration number: 295672 (England and Wales) and SC037479 (Scotland)
As our previous grant comes to an end we are delighted to announce that The Kentown Wizard Foundation will be continuing to support Make-A-Wish® UK throughout 2019. An additional grant of £250,000 will be gifted in order to fund the wishes of children living in the North of the UK who wish to visit Disneyland Paris. Children just like Connie.
Connie, aged 6 from Stockport, was born prematurely and had a cardiac arrest at just two days old. Following this, she has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, sight impairment, deafness and is tube-fed.
Disney songs and characters, especially Elsa from Frozen, are Connie’s favourite. She also loves fireworks, lights and sounds. Her serious illness means travelling away from home can be difficult, and not all attractions and theme parks are equipped for Connie to access rides. When Make-A-Wish UK gave Connie the chance to choose her One True Wish, it came as no surprise that a trip to Disneyland Paris was chosen.
In April 2018, Connie’s wish came true. Afterwards, Connie’s mother wrote a letter to her Wishgranter, Laura.
First and foremost we would like to say a massive thank you for everything you have done for us. Connie’s wish truly was the trip of a lifetime.
As you know, we didn’t tell the girls about the trip. The day before we left, I secretly packed the cases while daddy took the girls to see their grandparents. It wasn’t until we were about a mile from the airport that my eldest, Caitlyn, realised. At which point the excitement trumped any sleepiness.
At the airport, I handed Caitlyn the wish pack explaining what was going to happen, so that she could read it to Connie. Their faces were priceless (although I don’t think Connie quite understood at this point). The flight was quite emotional as we didn’t ever think it would have been possible.
As soon as we started to see the signs for Disneyland there was a big buzz of excitement. As soon as the hotel staff saw we were on a Make-A-Wish trip he ushered us to a desk and summoned another staff member to check us in. She was amazing and made a really big effort with the children.
We finally arrived and I can safely say there is nothing quite like walking down Main Street and seeing the Disney Castle. So magical! We went on so many rides and met so many Disney characters.
The Genie pass was a real godsend. I thought that Connie’s disability might have limited her access to the rides, but she was able to ride the majority of them. Except for the big rides, she went on everything and enjoyed every single one.
From the rides we headed to the City Hall for our ‘treat’, while we waited a lovely staff member guided us around some nearby meet and greets, which made us feel like royalty. When it was time for the big treat, the girls were elated to be greeted by the REAL Anna and Elsa from Frozen. It was absolutely amazing (THANK YOU SO MUCH).
After this, we went to find the Wish Lounge to give Connie some relief from sitting in her chair and give medicines and her feed. It was nice to have somewhere quiet and private to go. Once finished, it was time to go to our princess lunch. Connie LOVED meeting the mice and feeling their squishy noses.
We stayed in the park until park closing time and watched the fireworks. The girls were all so good to last so long. We had the best time!
On the last day, we started in the Disneyland park, visiting the attractions we hadn’t made it to the previous day and finished off with the Walt Disney Studios. We had such an amazing time, words cannot describe the feeling it gave us watching Connie being treated like the princess she is. Never have we been away anywhere and it been so stress free. Connie was really well, she coped really well and the interaction was amazing. All of the kids had the best time and their faces say it all. THANK YOU so so much for arranging this all for us and giving us the chance of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.