Meet the Lowestoft volunteer who helps seriously ill children travel to Disneyland for dream holiday
PUBLISHED: 11:28 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 29 October 2018
Julie Everson, 43, from Lowestoft has worked tirelessly to raise funds for Dreamflight - a charity which take sick or ill children on a life-changing holiday.
One volunteer has offered seriously ill and severely disabled children the opportunity of a lifetime - to fly Disneyland for a dream holiday.
Julie Everson, 43, from Lowestoft, has worked tirelessly to raise funds for Dreamflight, a charity which flies sick or disabled children overseas.
She has parachuted at Beccles, ran in the Great North Run and raised money locally, all to be help enhance the lives of these sick children.
Just last week, Mrs Everson arrived home from a ten day trip to Disneyland, Orlando, Florida.
As a non-medical volunteer Mrs Everson took the children to Disneyland starting from the Magic Kingdom, to Hollywood studios and Discovery Cove - where the group swam with dolphins.
Mrs Everson said: “It was totally unbelievable and amazing, I love Disney but seeing through the children’s eyes.
“Most of them have never experienced travel before and most of them have been in hospital their whole childhood.”
As a volunteer, Mrs Everson assisted two of the 192 seriously sick and ill children from across England through the theme park, hosted parties and took care of them while they were away from their parents.
The group of children on this trip have either had a life-limiting or life-ending prognosis.
“There are about 4,000 people including all the escorts and the medical staff who are involved,” Mrs Everson said.
trip, Mrs Everson said she witnessed the children grow an come out of their shell.
“A lot of them came on the trip with no confidence, some hadn’t been out their house much or have just always been in hospital,” Mrs Everson said.
Mrs Everson said since the arrived back from the trip to the states, the children’s confidence has blossomed and life-long friendships have formed.
The Gunton Primary Academy teacher’s assistant lead “The Simpsons” themed group, which consisted of children from East Anglia.
She said: “I think the moment it hit me was we got to meet The Simpsons characters at Universal Studios.
“We had a meet and greet with the character it was moment that really touched me,” Mrs Everson said.
Dreamflight has been operating since 1987 and has escorted thousands of children across the globe.