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Urgent call for nurses to help with disabled children’s dream trip


Nurses are being targeted by a charity in the hope that they can attract the required number of volunteers needed to deliver a dream holiday to Florida for a group of 25 disabled children.

Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, urgently requires 32 more “inspirational and dedicated” volunteers to help with its planned seven-day trip in December.

“It’s an incredibly powerful experience”

Trudi Beswick

The charity seeks to give children, fighting life-threatening illnesses, the opportunity of a once in a lifetime holiday overseas via its Destination Dreams initiative.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, who highlighted that the request was urgent, said she believed nurses who came forward would have a life changing experience.

She said: “Those who have experienced the magic of Destination Dreams in the past tell us that it’s an incredibly powerful experience and have described it as uplifting, humbling, empowering and extremely rewarding.”

But she added: “We need to hear from people now. Applications close on Thursday 31 March, 2016, and it’s vital that we have a full complement of [volunteers], as without them the trip won’t be able to take place.”

Volunteers need to be available to travel from 4-13 December 2016. Crucial to selection will be the ability to raise £1,200 towards the cost of the trip by 30 September.

They need to have a full, valid, passport and will be required to attend a selection day, in Staffordshire, on 8 May. They will also need to attend a residential training weekend on 8 and 9 October in Birmingham.

For further information and an application pack please contact the Caudwell Children Volunteers Department on 01782 600443 or email


Readers' comments (2)

  • Wow - it's quite an ask, of time and financial commitment. If you factor in missed wages/annual leave. the 3 extra days, with travelling and accommodation. Plus £1200 They're probably asking for a contribution in excess of £3000 in real terms. I also wonder what the implications are, for practicing in a country: where the nurse is unregistered.

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  • we do care but humbling,life changing,rewarding ...all the stereotypical comments related to the second sister nurses .
    Sadly most nurses are too busy with poor pay,long shifts,management aggravation.
    why not ask the well paid politician to support this humbling experience...I think not

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