Stars of the BBC show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Mark Foster and his partner Hayley Holt joined a host of celebrities at Heathrow yesterday on Sunday 19th October to send nearly 200 seriously ill and disabled children on a British Airways’ Dreamflight to Florida.
Celebrating its 22nd year, Dreamflight is a UK charity set up by British Airways cabin crew – that takes seriously ill and disabled children on a holiday of a lifetime to the theme parks of Central Florida.
The roll call of stars included Paralympic athletes Dzaier Neil and Matt Skelhon, as well as TV personalities Sir Cliff Richard, Chico, Patsy Palmer and Emma Barton along with marching bands and children’s entertainers.
British Airways’ chief executive Willie Walsh, who also attended, said, “Dreamflight is always a highlight in the BA calendar – we’re delighted to be able to support this great charity and make dreams come true for these deserving children.”
British Airways has been involved in Dreamflight from its launch and more than 4,000 children have benefited. The cabin crew who operate the flights volunteer their time.
Foster, who is better known as one of Britain’s all time great swimmers said, “It is a pleasure to come down and show our support to Dreamflight. An aircraft hangar is the most unusual place that Hayley and I have ever danced.”
During their ten-day trip the children will visit Disneyland, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and MGM studios. The trip will culminate with a final stop to Discovery Cove, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins.
For more information on Dreamflight, please go to: http://www.dreamflight.org/
To find out more about British Airways and its charity work, go to http://www.britishairways.com/