Jack Kirsop, Kasabian Newton-Smith, Ebony Smith, Tyler Grayson and Lilly-Mai from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice got a fantastic bird’s eye view of the local area on Friday afternoon, courtesy of Simon Nicholls and the team at Kuki Helicopters.
A pilot from Kuki Helicopters, based at Gamston Airport, Retford, spent the afternoon flying the children around the area surrounding the hospice. Bluebell Wood is set within six-and-a-half acres of land with beautiful views for the children and families to enjoy.
Vicky, mum of Jack who receives respite at Bluebell Wood, said: “I really can’t thank the team enough for such a wonderful experience for myself and Jack. I was so nervous as it’s the first time Jack has ever flown before, but the team reassured me and I feel so proud of my little boy.”
Pilot, Simon, from Kuki Helicopters said: “It’s so nice to see how excited the children and families were when we arrived. The flights today were amongst the most special I have ever flown and I feel privileged to be able to meet such inspiring families.
“Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as we flew over the hospice was truly incredible.”
Liz Webster, Director of Care, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Simon and the Kuki Helicopters team for being able to give our children such an amazing once in a lifetime experience. I can’t thank the team enough for helping us to create unforgettable memories. ”
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has a highly specialised care team, offering care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy. The charity needs to raise £4m a year to keep its doors open and cares for over 250 families, both in the hospice and in the community.