Trip of a Lifetime for This Year's Northern Lights' Lapland Visitors
|Published: 23rd December 2014 10:41|
Neston-based Northern Lights Children's Charity have once again taken a party of children with life-limiting illnesses on the trip of a lifetime to Lapland.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts that go on throughout the year, much of which is very well supported here in the Neston area, 16 children met Father Christmas this week. Here is a report of the visit, collated by the charity's Chair, Karen Jones, from comments and pictures posted on their Facebook page.
A big thank you for all your support in 2014 from Northern Lights Children's charity!
After another successful year of fund-raising our 2014 trip to Lapland has been an amazing experience for 16 children. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated money, support, time, event organising and volunteering throughout the year, seeing picture and receiving quotes like the following make it all worthwhile:
Friday 19th December
"As you can tell WE HAVE ARRIVED! Wonderful journey to Lapland today and we now have a group of very tired, but very happy children! I wonder what exciting things we'll be getting up to tomorrow!" - on arrival at Kittila airport.
"End of a tiring day, children in conference about which schools they attend, then bed. I hope they sleep tonight..." - ready for bed.
"Very dark, very beautiful. Very tired....... With Northern Lights Children's Charity in Kittila Finland" - Northern Lights volunteer.
Saturday 20th December
"Morning everyone, the fun starts today. This morning we will be tobogganing, husky dog sleigh rides, reindeer sleigh rides and being towed behind a snow mobile. Then, in the afternoon we will be going to the swimming pool. Oh, did I tell you, we caught sight of Santa yesterday, how lucky was that?" - Alan Johnson, trip organiser
"Great morning on the Husky Dog, Reindeer and Snowmobile Rides as well as lots of tobogganing! Now we're off to investigate the swimming pool (and the hot tubs of course!)" - Northern Lights volunteer.
Sunday 21st December
"Day 3 and apart from our first sighting of Santa we've seen no more of him. Guess we are just going to have to go and find him ourselves. He lives in a secret hideaway in the forest, don't know if we will be lucky. Then, in the afternoon we will be going bowling but in the meantime it is time to get them up. Look out Santa.........we're coming for you." - Alan Johnson, trip organiser
"WE FOUND SANTA, yeah!!!!!!"
"Well that was so funny, never seen so many people getting worked up over throwing a ball down a lane trying to knock over 10 pins. Brilliant fun. Everyone taking it easy now with a bit of colouring and word searches. After dinner tonight we will be going tobogganing. Everybody is getting on like a house on fire." - trip volunteer.
"Today has been brilliant! Went to find Santa in the magical forest, got completely crushed at bowling, had a sing along with the kids after dinner, then went sledging, got covered in snow, and laughed till my tummy hurt! I love Lapland ❄❄"- one of the nurses on the trip.
Monday 22nd December
"Well, here we are, our last full day in Levi. This morning we will be visiting a Husky Dog farm and going on a 2Km Dog Sled ride. Then, after lunch we will probably go up Levi in the Gondola to the hotel at the top, have a drink, then back down for a spot of tobogganing. Finally, tonight is party night with a very special guest......I wonder who that can be!!" - Alan Johnson, trip organiser.
"At last, it's really cold.......-17degrees!"
"Well, best laid plans etc; didn't go up the levi in the end, went swimming instead. Now we are getting ready to PARRTTTYYYY !!!"
"............and so to bed. We have partied hard tonight and they are now all tucked up in bed. See you all tomorrow, don't be late. Good night everyone. Xx"
"Can't thank Northern Lights Children's Charity enough for letting my baby have this experience she looks like they have had a ball thank you again x"
"Wow what an amazing last day you have planned!! I hope you all have a wonderful time!! You must all be shattered but the children look like they are having the best time ever!! Thank you thank you thank you to all who made this trip possible for our special babies."
"Chance in a life time for my great nephew Charlie who was born with a major heart problem. He is in Lapland with the children's charity Northern Lights Children's Charity. What a great experience for all the children they've taken."
This annual trip is only possible through the generous fundraising activities and donations of people like YOU. Many people in Neston took part in or supported the recent Elephant Santa Dash in aid of Northern Lights. If you have not yet donated, fear not, the page is still open for you to make your contribution: www.mydonate.bt.com/events/elephantdash/191152.
For more information on the charity, please visit their website: Northern Lights Children's Charity.