Sunday 23 September:
This year we had 7 youngsters with special needs, 3 of their siblings and 12 Parents in our POPSY Group. We had 4 wheelchairs and a central changing bed configuration on the J1.
We made very good time with 2 drivers – no stops this year just driver- swops and this cut our journey time by ~2hrs which was amazing!
Our Group had plenty of time to make new friends and this year we did breakfast and lunch to save families extra work. The usual quizzes, bingo and prizes always helps.
During the Eurotunnel crossing we were able to watch the DVD (Brendan had very kindly remembered to bring) of the disabled skiing and look forward to hearing about the January trip to see if its something POPSY could try in a few years.
We all had time to unpack and relax that evening before our Disney adventure the following day.
Our Trip this year was in memory of James ‘Buzz’ Crowley and we placed a flower on the Disney Lake and thought of this lovely boy (always full of fun) who had been on a POPSY Disney Trip a few years ago.
A day in the park and Disneyland Park Parade in the evening – some new ‘floats’ and a 20th Anniversary special addition. 24 of us gathered in Café Mickey and collected lots of character’s autographs and had photos with them – this was an expensive meal but if you want a guaranteed audience with the main characters it’s a must and the children loved it ! Also, if it has rained at Disney it’s a way of comfortably seeing them in they dry. They aim for the children in wheelchairs first during their time in the restaurant so great for us !
DisneylandPark‘Dreams’ Show – light projection onto the Disney castle and firework show – well worth seeing – celebration of the Park’s 20th Anniversary.
We set off for home on Thursday at 10:00am and with no long stops we made very good time again and were able to get our children into bed at a reasonable time – although Poppy was still on Disney magic time!?
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Jumbulance Trust and to our Drivers Brendan and Vernen who make this type of holiday possible for our families!!!
Every year it makes me smile as I see how much easier a Jumbulance makes foreign travel for families that have children with all types of disabilities and huge amounts of luggage/equipment.
We very much appreciate all your hard work fund raising to run and subsidise these amazing vehicles for all our families!! The concept is empowering for us all!
Dr Tymandra Blewett-Silcock