Help grant Olivia’s wish

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An appeal has been launched to help raise £5,000 to take a South Elmsall youngster who has a life-threatening heart condition on a dream trip to Disney World.

Olivia Benn, nine, was born with rare congenital heart disease - which is too complex to correct - and has undergone life-saving open-heart surgery several times.

Now charity Caudwell Children has teamed up with Ridings FM to launch the bring a £1 to work appeal to help send Olivia, her brother Jake, her mum, April Spink and dad, Wayne Benn, on the fully-supported sevennight holiday to the Florida theme park .

The brave youngster’s condition means her care is palliative and she has spent much of her short life in hospital.

Dad Wayne said: “It would be amazing for Olivia to be granted this wish as she’s been through so much in her short life, things that no child should have to suffer.

“Without the help of the charity we would never be able to experience a trip like this.”

If the money is raised Olivia and her family will join 24 other children who also have serious health conditions on the trip .

Andy Bailey, the charity’s appeals manager, said: “The Destination Dreams trip is unique in that a dedicated team of medical professionals accompany the families, meaning that children with very high medical needs can travel, often for the first time in their lives.”

The charity is now hoping that members of the local community will join the campaign and donate £1 each to cover the cost of the annual trip.

Mr Bailey added: “It costs on average £5,000 to take each family on the trip and we hope that through the support of Ridings FM listeners and local businesses, community groups and schools we can raise enough to cover the costs of Olivia’s trip.”

The charity will be calling for people to donate to their bring a £1 to work day campaign on Tuesday, September 30.

To register for the appeal visit www.ridingsfm.co.uk or contact Andy Bailey at Caudwell Children on 01782 600867.