A charity which makes disabled children’s Christmases come true is to stop running after its final trip next month.
The Rudolf Fund has taken almost 500 deserving children away on life-altering trips for the past 18 years, but December’s visit to Disneyland Paris will be the last one.
The charity’s secretary John Fox admits ending the trips will be a sad day for all involved, but after years of pleas to keep the scheme going all involved feel it is time to call it a day.
“I’ve been saying for the last six years this is the last year, but we carried on because we do not want to see it end. We are all getting older and there’s no new blood. We all feel we need to call it a day,” said John.
“We always get tears in our eyes because kids and parents say thanks. It will be quite emotional on the last trip. We hope they enjoy it, I’m sure they will. It’s a magical combination of children, Disney and Christmas.
“It’s about putting smiles on kids’ faces. It will be a sad day when we are finished. We’ve gone from strength to strength over the years because of the public’s continued support.”
The final trip to Disneyland will see 33 children spend two whole days in the parks with meals also included.
In total, over £400,000 has been raised for the charity which has struggled for funding in recent years.
And despite it soon being put to rest, John will continue his charity work elsewhere.
“It’s about watching families over the years and seeing the difference it made to their lives. There are so many stories. I have seen the faces and how much it does make that difference,” he added.
“The change you see in kids who are very shy and inward, then after the trip there’s a spark. The kids are never ever trouble. We’ve never had one kid that’s been disappointed.
“It’s a tremendous achievement and it’s been great team-work.”
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