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Project information

Destination Dreams

Destination Dreams provides children who are fighting life threatening illnesses, and their families, with an organised trip of a lifetime to Disney World, Florida. Caudwell Children provides families with all the logistical, medical and emotional support they need to create lasting memories.

April 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Caudwell Children

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  • Need


    Often families with children who are fighting life threaten illnesses are unable to take a family holiday, even on a very local scale, as the medical and emotional support they would need would prevent it. We know that 25,000 children in the UK have a life threatening condition, 104 children die from a childhood illness every week and 2,200 children spend over 6 months in hospital.


    Destination Dreams can offer these children and their families the chance to enjoy quality time together and have a much needed break form painful treatments and on going hospital appointments. It also offeres their brothers and sisters the chance to experience a holiday of a life time that simply wouldn't be possible without the support of Caudwell Children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give children with life threatening illnesses and their families a once in a life time expereince


    » An organised holiday for 25 families taking them to to Disney World, Florida.

    What success will look like

    Families to report a safe and enjoyable trip giving them the chance to relax and enjoy something they could never do without the help of Caudwell Children.

  • Impact


    Many of the children who are invited to Destination Dreams will very sadly have shorter life expectancies than most. The holiday will be a lasting memory for the whole family for the rest of their lives. Caudwell Children intend to run Destination Dreams every year.


    The children who we support as part of Destination Dreams have life limiting conditions. There is a risk that they will be too ill to travel or sadly they could pass away before the trip takes place. We have a reserve list of families able to travel if this occurs. The trip can also be at risk of airport strikes and other issues relating to travel which would be out of our control, we have insurance which provides protection to the charity if this situation occurred.


    We will include a thank you from the families, volunteers and some staff in our Annual Report and in our quarlty newsletter - Smile. Doners to this project will also recieve an email of thanks.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £220,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £125,000 Transport Flights and transfers
      £49,000 Accomodation inc. Give Kids the World specialist accomodation for families
      £20,000 Insurance Travel and medical insurance
      £26,500 Volunteers Volunteer recruitment and training, entrance to Disney parks and specialist medical equipment hire
  • Background


    Caudwell Children is based in Stoke on Trent but we support families all over the UK. The holiday itslef will be in Disney World, Florida.


    We will invite families from all over the UK who will be from varying backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Caudwell Children has 10 years experience of creating special memories for children with over 350 different conditions. We have a secure relationship with a Specialist Paediatric Intensive Care Doctor to lead our medical team, ensuring 24 hour care for all the families. We have successfully led Destination Dreams for four years and we fully understand the needs of children fighting life threatening illnesses and how to provide a break from relentless treatments and clinical environments.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Logistical Manager

    An experienced staff member who manages and oversees all the logistical arrangements of the trip form travel bookings to specialist equipment hire.

    Family Liason Officer

    Main contact point for all the families. This is a huge undertaking for the families but with this support they can relax and enjoy the experience.

    Volunteer Manager

    To recruit, train and support 35 volunteers who offer much needed individualsupport for the families on the journey and the duration of their stay.

    Medical Team Leader

    A Specialist Paediatric Intensive Care Doctor who leads a medical team to ensure all the children are provided with 24 hour medical support.