Children went on the trip of a lifetime as they took to the skies for the “flight of their dreams.”
The 130 youngsters, nominated by the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal, travelled from across the region for the special hour long Thomas Cook flight from Newcastle.
“It’s fantastic that such deserving children helped us bring our first Flight of Dreams to Newcastle Airport, an important airport for our airline,” said Christoph Debus, CEO of Thomas Cook Airlines UK.
“It’s was very special day for us and we were very honoured to be able to share such a great occasion.”
The children, from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special educational needs, and their families, were drawn from a range of groups, schools, charities and organisations including Barnardos, Gateshead Council and the Niall Quinn Ward at Sunderland Hospital.
With the support of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, the Metro, TFM, CFM and Borders Radio Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal and Thomas Cook Airlines, each child was given “VIP treatment every step of the way”, with entertainment at the airport before the one hour flight, complete with a surprise visit from Santa, and a special gift from Hamleys toy shop.
Stephanie Simpson, regional charity manager for Cash for Kids said she hoped the trip would help the children believe in “the magic of Christmas.” “We were thrilled that Thomas Cook Children’s Charity chose Cash for Kids in the North East for their cFlight of Dreams as our Mission Christmas is to ensure that every child in our region believes in the magic of Christmas, and that they wake up on Christmas morning knowing that people do care,” added Stephanie.
“The Flight of Dreams was for some of these children the very first time they have experienced air travel and I am sure that it will be an unforgettable memory that they treasure forever.”