Jamega Pro Golf Tour supports children’s charity Dreamflight
Annual tour helps fund holidays of a lifetime to Florida for deserving youngsters for children with a serious illness or disability
LONDON, UK (19th May 2015) The Jamega Pro Golf Tour is again proud to support children’s charity Dreamflight in providing once-in-a-lifetime breaks for children with a serious illness or disability.
Once a year, children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a chartered Boeing 747 and head to Florida to spend 10 magical days of fun and excitement.
Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day.
It costs approximately £3,500 to send one child to Florida on a holiday of a lifetime and the Jamega Pro Golf Tour supports Dreamflight to achieve this.
Patricia Pearce MBE (pictured above), founder of Dreamflight, commented: “Having started the charity 29 years ago, I cannot believe it is still going strong. It was meant to be a one-off trip but I soon realised there are so many deserving children out there that we carried on.
"Dreamflight is not only a holiday of a lifetime but also a life-changing experience. We have now taken 5,200 children to Orlando.”
One youngster who benefitted from a Dreamflight holiday was Aidan Healey (pictured above) from Leeds. At just nine years of age he was struck down with a rare autoimmune disease, Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM), that affects just one in 250,000. Symptoms are joint pain, weak muscles, rashes, tiredness, irritability and fever.
Aidan said: “The illness robbed me of my mobility and I ended up having to use a wheelchair for almost three years. I endured nine months of chemotherapy, countless tablets and many different forms of treatment and have been in and out of hospital more than 100 times.” As a recipient of a Dreamflight holiday in 2004, Aidan found that it wasn’t just a fun adventure but that being away from family, friends and familiar surroundings gave him a sense of independence and a new-found confidence.
Now 20 years old, he continued: “Being with other sick and disabled children made me realise I wasn’t alone and there were others worse off than me. I came back from the trip a different person. Dreamflight really did change my life.” One of the highlights was meeting and having the chance to interview European Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter and it inspired Aidan to focus on his own golf when he returned.
Six years on, when in remission from JDM, he was invited to play in Poulter’s first Dreamflight Charity Golf Day at Woburn Golf Club, and despite the illness returning in 2012 he has continued to spend up to five hours a day practising.
Aidan added: “Through sheer determination and enjoyment, and having never had a golf lesson in my life, I have managed to get my handicap down to two. My motto is never give up, never give in. In October 2015 I will start my PGA training to turn professional and I’ve also been made an official Dreamflight Ambassador. So to anyone out there who may think it is just a trip to Disneyworld, going on some rides and swimming with dolphins, please believe me it isn’t. It really is a life changing experience for the children – and I can vouch for that!”
Aidan even competed for the first time as an amateur on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour last season at Mentmore Golf and Country Club, shooting a solid 79 and 75.
Gary Harris of Jamega Pro Golf Tour said: “Aidan’s story is wonderful example of Dreamflight’s important and inspiring work. Jamega is proud and honoured to continue to offer our support to give more youngsters the chance of a holiday of a lifetime they deserve.”
For more information on how Dreamflight changes lives visit www.dreamflight.org
For more information on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour visit www.jamegatour.co.uk
About Jamega Tour
The Jamega Tour was established in 2004 as a fair, open and honest pro golf tour run on behalf of aspiring tournament professionals in southern England. Now in its eleventh year, a series of two-day, 36-hole events provide a competitive challenge for professional and low handicapped amateur golfers.
Dreamflight is a UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.
Established in 1987 and operating annually since, Dreamflight believes that fun and joy are just as important as medical research and equipment - especially for children who perhaps can't wait long enough for the breakthrough they need or whose illnesses and treatments have brought pain, distress and disruption to their lives.
Press Release issued on behalf of Jamega Tour by 4Ball Media.