A little girl undergoing treatment for leukaemia has been treated to a family trip to Disneyland Paris thanks to Round Table Children’s Wish.
Nine-year-old Torri Stranger, who lives in Gillingham, was diagnosed in April 2018 but now is well on her way to recovery with just nine months to go until the end of her treatment.
She was able to enjoy two days of rides and meeting the characters in both Disneyland Paris parks, plus a day seeing the sights of Paris.
Mum Natalie said: “We had a wonderful time and Torri loved it. Round Table Children’s Wish are amazing and we want to say a massive thank you to them.
“We literally didn’t have to do anything – they did absolutely everything. When you’re in a world when you don’t dare plan anything because it can go so wrong, to have someone else look after all that so that we could just turn up and enjoy it is lovely.”
Torri’s mum, dad Simon and sister Alexsi, who is 11, all went to Disney and, although Torri suffered a slight health scare before they left, she bounced back and was able to fully enjoy the trip.
Natalie said: “We managed to do everything in the parks in two days thanks to the amazing Magic Pass which meant we didn’t have to queue for anything.
“So on the last day we got up early and went in to Paris and both girls really loved the Eiffel Tower – that was a highlight for Torri.”
The family knew about Round Table Children’s Wish, which grants hand-crafted wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, through dad Simon who is a member of Shaftesbury and Gillingham Round Table.
Natalie said: “The Round Table members donate to Children’s Wish and we knew they helped children but we are so lucky Torri was nominated for a wish.”
Since Torri’s diagnosis in April 2018 the family has raised more than £50,000 to help children’s cancer charities. And now dad Simon is planning to encourage more help for RTCW as one of his Round Table branch’s nominated charities.
Natalie said: “Before you’re in this situation you have no idea of the amazing work that goes on for charities and how generous people are. It’s truly brilliant.
“Torri’s medical treatment has also been amazing from the start – she is treated at Salisbury Hospital and every three months goes to Southampton, but they are really accommodating and most of the time community nurses come to us at home.
“This illness is a horrid thing but through it so many amazing things have happened. We are on countdown now until the end of the treatment and we know Torri will be completely cured.”
Round Table Children’s Wish director Karen Winchcombe said: “It’s wonderful that we could grant this wish for Torri after all her family have been through.
“We are entirely dependent on donations to fund wishes for poorly children and we just couldn’t do it without the generosity of our fundraisers – both Round Table members and well-wishers who do all manner of great things to keep us granting wishes.”
Over the last 30 years Round Table Children’s Wish has helped make wishes come true for many youngsters and their families all over the country.
You can learn more about the work of Round Table Children’s Wish at www.rtcw.org.
Round Table Children’s wish is a national charity which grants hand-crafted wishes to children aged four to 17 with life-threatening illnesses.
Round Table Children’s Wish,
857 Wimborne Road,
Tel: 01202 514515
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