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Travel Insurance Gift for Kent children and families

20th May 2015

A group of children from across Kent who have life threatening conditions, along with their families and carers, have just returned from a trip to Disneyland Paris – with their travel insurance supplied by the health and wellbeing provider Benenden.

The four day trip was organised by the Medway Rotary Club, who took children from the Demelza hospices at both Sittingbourne and Eltham and also from the Ellenor hospice in North Kent. The club took six families on the holiday, which included parents and siblings of the ill children. Nurses and hospice carers were also taken so that parents could be well supported and take some time out for a well-earned break.

Medway Rotarian David Hatcher founded the holiday scheme seven years ago and knowing that Benenden had recently introduced a travel insurance product he approached them for their backing.

Mr Hatcher said: “Benenden were very happy to help us, for which we are very grateful. We fund-raise throughout the year to provide an annual trip to Disney for these families, so every penny counts.”

This was the Medway Rotary Club’s seventh trip. Over the years they have provided the Disney holiday for 37 other families, three of whom have since sadly lost their sick child. On each trip the families were accompanied by eight Rotarians who all cover their own travelling costs and expenses. The group travelled by Eurostar, setting off from Ashford International.

Mr Hatcher said: “Everyone had a great time. The trip is not only good for the child who is ill, but for the siblings who often end up being young carers, or whose lives can sometimes be put on hold. It’s good for the parents to meet others going through something similar. We give them a day out in Paris so that they can relax and have some time out while the Rotarians and Hospice medical team look after the children in the Disney Park. Our overall aim is to provide memories of their life together, so we follow up with an individual colour photo album for each family.”

Paul Keenan, Benenden’s group head of communications, said: “When David approached us we were very eager to do something to help. This is part of our overall community relations work where we look to support small, local organisations and make a difference. We are pleased to hear the families had a lovely time.”

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