Caudwell Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, discovered that they had a shortage of specialist oxygen equipment ahead of their annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida, on 1st December.
The charity created Destination Dreams in 2007 to give 25 children with life threatening conditions the opportunity to have a ’dream’ holiday.
But with just days to go before the once-in-a-lifetime trip the charity discovered that more children than they anticipated required emergency oxygen provision.
As Lisa Bates, Head of Applications at Caudwell Children, explained: “Every child that travels on the Destination Dreams trip undergoes a professional risk assessment based on their medical conditions. This year we had an increased number of children that needed additional oxygen supplies. Unfortunately, the charity does not own the amount of equipment that we needed for the trip.”
“Luckily, Baywater Healthcare stepped in to save the day. Without their donation we faced the real prospect of telling some families that they could not come with us this year! Unfortunately, for many of the children, next year is not an option so Baywater’s donation came as a very welcome relief.”
Destination Dreams is unique in that families are supported by a dedicated team of medical professionals. This means that children who could never travel alone are given the chance to experience a family holiday and create precious happy memories.
Baywater Healthcare offer a range of respiratory therapies to patients in their homes as well as 24-hour monitoring systems. The company employs over 200 people and serves patients across the UK with life-saving support.
The equipment, worth over £3,000, gave the charity’s medical team the ability to deliver additional oxygen to children during the eight hour flight to the United States and during any medical emergencies that occurred during the trip.
Adam Sullivan, Chief Executive of Baywater Healthcare, based in Crewe, said: “Baywater Healthcare is very pleased to have supported Caudwell Children. I’d like to think that by providing the equipment we’ve helped in some small way to change the lives of the children, helping them and their families to enjoy their holiday as much as possible.”
While in Florida the 150 strong group of children, family members, medics and volunteers visited; Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios and Seaworld, while staying at a special resort designed exclusively for children with complex medical needs.
“We can’t express just how grateful we are to the team at Baywater Healthcare, they gave us the green light to create magical memories for the children and their families; memories that are totally priceless.” added Lisa.
For more information about Caudwell Children and the Destination Dreams trip visit www.caudwellchildren.com or call 0845 300 1348.