We were thrilled to join forces with other aviation businesses to put on a Christmas party and flight with Father Christmas on Friday 16th December for families needing hospice care and children with upper limb differences.
The event saw families from Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and the charity Reach, which helps children with upper limb differences, going on a flight with Santa last Friday.
The day was designed to create special memories for the children and their families, with a party held in the airport with a choir and a magician, then a flight with Santa on board, and plenty of games and entertainment on the way.
It was a special surprise for Ben Bayliss from Abbeymead, Gloucester, who will turn 7 on Christmas Eve. He is a plane and train fan and did not know he would be flying with Santa until the morning of the trip. Ben said; “I liked meeting Santa and going into the cockpit of the plane but I was sad to miss a day of school.”
Elizabeth Tanner from Stockwood, Bristol is two years and seven months old and has a life-limiting condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The Tanner family visit CHSW’s Charlton Farm for respite care, and Elizabeth brought her mum, dad, twin sister Emily and little brother Ben along for the day. Elizabeth’s mum Jo Tanner said; “The girls loved it especially the snowball fight and meeting Santa. They have always wanted to go on a plane and now they have! The organisers did a brilliant job.”
ACC’s Director of Charter & Operations, Glenn Hogben, commented: “We’re delighted to have been able to assist with arranging this very special flight and help to create some magical Christmas memories for the children and their families.”Back to News