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Children from St Oswald’s riding in style

Two families who use our Children and Young Adults Service have been spoilt to special days out in a Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

Over the last few days we have been arranging special visits with the support of national children’s charity Together for Short Lives, as part of Children’s Hospice Week.

Wannabe Disney princess Keira Moore, aged six, and 11-year-old Zaid Rashid come to us for short breaks.  Along with their families, the children have been taken on special trips and driven in style in the special purple car.

The visits happened in the run up to Children’s Hospice Week, a national week to raise awareness of children with life-shortening illnesses, and the services that support these families. The week runs from 23rd-29th May and this year’s theme is ‘time to put families first’, which promotes creating special memories for families.

Tying in with the theme, Keira and her family were picked up from the Hospice in the Rolls-Royce, treated to a train ride on MetroCentre’s children’s train, and then taken across the shopping centre to Joe Delucci’s ice cream parlour and the Disney Store to be treated to a special gift and open the store using a secret magic spell.

Keira’s mum, Terri, said: “Our day out was brilliant, all of us had a fab time, especially Keira who was treated like a princess. She was absolutely buzzing to have been in the Rolls-Royce and then on the train; she’s already been telling all her friends at school about it!

“After the experience at the MetroCentre, the driver took us near to the airport to watch some planes as Keira loves to watch airplanes landing. She’s never been so close to a plane so that was really special too.”

For Zaid’s trip, he, his Dad and two brothers were driven from their house in Dinnington to local award winning restaurant Dabbawal where they were treated to an evening meal.

Shazia, Zaid’s mum, said: “My husband and kids enjoyed the experience a lot. Zaid was so excited and said it was a lush evening. They all loved the meal and then had a drive to Newcastle’s Quayside to top the night off. It was a lovely experience, thank you to everyone involved.”