The family of Sam Fisher, from Greenlaw, are celebrating this week after an appeal to fund a dream holiday to Disney World proved successful.
Sam, 12, was born with a rare spinal muscular condition that restricts his movement and makes him a full-time wheelchair user.
Since January 2013 he has been on the waiting list for a vital operation to correct his Scoliosis, taking pressure off his heart and lungs.
Given the severity of his condition, Sam and his family have struggled to go away in the past and the youngster has always dreamed of visiting Disney World in Florida.
The Southern recently highlighted an appeal from Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, for additional funds to cover the cost of ancillary emergency medical equipment for their annual Destination Dreams trip to Florida.
The cost of sending one family on Destination Dreams is £10,000. But now, thanks to generous donations, the charity has announced it has smashed its target.
The trip, which leaves Gatwick Airport on December 1, will give a total of 25 families the chance to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime and Sam’s mum, Susan, said confirmation that the trip was going ahead had come as an early Christmas present for her family.
“Because of the difficulties of travelling with a child in a wheelchair we’ve been frightened of going outside the UK,” she said.
“Sam’s very excited about going to Disney World; he’s always wanted to go. He’s really excited about flying and really, really excited about Disney World and Universal Studios –we can’t thank Caudwell Children enough.”