Eight very lucky and excited Abbey School students will be off on the trip of a lifetime to Florida after half term thanks to The Children With Special Needs Foundation! This is a dream the charity has made come true for scores of young people in special schools across the local area over the past 13 years.
The group, accompanied by CWSNF founder Gordon Parris and other volunteers from the charity, as well as school staff who best understand the students’ needs, are due to fly from Gatwick Airport for an action-packed 10 days. The stellar itinerary includes Discovery Cove, Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, rides on an airboat and the Orlando Eye as well as Walt Disney World, Sea World, Legoland and waterpark!
The children and their families are hugely grateful to the sponsors, host organisations and volunteers who have made the trip possible and to the CWSNF team who have spent months planning and raising support.
Jamie Raven, of Britain’s Got Talent Fame, visited The Abbey with representatives of the charity to present the tickets for the trip. As a spectacular consolation for the students who don’t get to go on this occasion, Jamie performed a few of his magical illusions for the whole school holding them all spellbound.
All the students will also have the opportunity to apply for tickets to watch Aldershot Town Football Club play at the EBB Stadium in the Vanarama National League this season. The CWSNF have funded 20 tickets for parents and carers to take their sons and daughters to experience the excitement of a live game from the specially commissioned Community Stand. The Shots’ Captain, Callum Reynolds, joined Jamie at the presentation to officially hand the season tickets over to excited fans who have been avidly following their team.