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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Dream trip boost for sick Cumbrian boy

A dream trip for a sick youngster helped him get through Christmas in hospital.

Jordan Carleton photo
Jordan Carleton

The News & Star featured 12-year-old Jordan Carleton in October, after he discovered he would be jetting off to Disney World, Florida, thanks to children’s charity Dreamflight.

Staff at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Jordan is regularly treated for an inflammatory condition, nominated him to join 11 other sick children on the dream trip.

Mum Sonia, of Lochinvar Close, Longtown, said: “He hadn’t been looking forward to going – the possibility of being ill and away from home – but he was bouncing for a month afterwards.

“He came back and he felt so brilliant, it was lovely. For the first time since his diagnosis he was happy and smiley. Jordan saw children with the same condition as him and children with different conditions and it was nice to be away with other kids who had suffered like him. He said it was amazing.”

Mrs Carleton said the trip was perfectly timed, as he was back in hospital soon after.

“Jordan’s condition deteriorated quite rapidly and he spent three months in hospital,” she added.

“He had a really hard time in hospital, and ended up in there over Christmas and New Year.

“He took his Florida photos to hospital with him from day one.

“When he was having a really bad day, we would get out the album and have a flick through. He didn’t want to talk a lot in hospital, but the album would always give him something to say. We would look back over the photos and I was really pleased he had had that opportunity to have a nice time before all the bad stuff happened.”

The brave young boy is now determined to raise money for the charity Dream Flight so that, he said, “other children can experience the same brilliant time”.

On Saturday May 19, they have organised a Race Night at Billy’s Sports Bar, in Longtown.

Doors will open at 7.30pm, and entry costs £2 including a small buffet. A professional race caller will be there to oversee the races.

It is not the first time Jordan and his mum have organised a fundraising event, a similar night held last year raised about £1,000 for Ward One at the Newcastle hospital where Jordan was treated.

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