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Published: 29 November 2012

Thomas Cook Children’s Charity take over 200 local children on a ‘Flight of Dreams’

Christmas came early for more than 200 children from Castle Tower School in Ballymena, the NI Cancer Fund For Children and Shine on Wednesday 28th November, when they took to the skies – many for the first time - on the annual ‘Flight of Dreams’ from Belfast International Airport.   So many children were keen to take part that Thomas Cook had to put on an extra flight.

Hosted by the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, ‘Flight of Dreams’ offers children with special educational needs or who are suffering from an  illness or disability and their dedicated carers the chance to experience a truly magical and festive flight around Northern Ireland. 

Ensuring VIP treatment every step of the way, the children enjoyed entertainment at the airport before taking off on a one hour flight on board Thomas Cook Airlines.  Not only where they joined by local Thomas Cook staff from Belfast and the airport but a very special guest – Father Christmas – made a surprise visit to treat them all to an early Christmas gift.

Pete Constanti, Chairman of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity said: “We’re thrilled that we can offer this unforgettable experience to these children, some of whom will have never flown before.  I’m also very proud that so many employees have volunteered their time to help make this year’s Flight of Dreams such a memorable day for these amazing children and their dedicated carers.”

The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity was set up in 2009 and works to improve the lives of sick and disadvantaged children. It supports a variety of appeals and projects for children both in the UK and overseas. Money is raised by Thomas Cook employees through a range of activities including customer donations placed at the time of booking and unwanted foreign currency collected onboard flights and in retail stores.  The charity is set to raise over £1m in 2012.

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