A FAMILY fun day is all set for another year of success this month as it aims to raise cash for seriously ill children.
Lorraine Brown, leader of Dreamflights’ South Dorset group and mum to disabled son Jack, 10, is organising Dreamflights’ charity free Family Fun Day to raise money locally.
It’s being held from 12-7pm on Sunday, August 31 at the Marsh playing fields in Weymouth.
Mrs Brown says there will be plenty on offer, including a bouncy castle, barbecue, face painting and balloon making, raffle, live music all day and a bar supplied by the Lazy Lizard.
She said: “I would definitely encourage people to come down to the event, it’s going to be really good this year and they’ll love it.
“We have been supplied with over 150 raffle and tombola prizes by local businesses, the response has been incredible and everyone has been extremely helpful and generous.”
Mrs Brown said she first got involved in the charity in 2012 as her 10-year-old son Jack has a very rare neurodegenerative disease called Langerhans cell histiocytosis, and is wheelchair bound. The Weymouth mum was inspired to work with Dreamflights after it funded a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Florida for Jack, a Dorchester Middle School pupil.
She explained their local group, named ‘Peter Pan’, was chosen to take part in one round of the organisation’s trips to Florida and Jack was one of the children chosen.
She said: “They closed off the road in Florida, which only usually happens for the President, and they were all given the VIP treatment, everything is paid for.
“Twelve groups of 16 children went to Universal studios, Disneyland, everything.
“The trip was life changing for him, he came back a completely different person.
“Jack is a selective mute and he started talking, it was amazing. Now I want to make that experience possible for other children.”
Mrs Brown, a teaching assistant for children with special needs at the Prince of Wales School in Dorchester, said the local group has raised over £4,000 this year but they are hoping to add to the total through this year’s event to help fund more trips for children like Jack.
She said: “We had hundreds of visitors last year and raised £2,500.”