Trip of a lifetime for Shannon (11) thanks to sponsored walk

Sunshine smiles for a cheque presentation to the National Holidays Fund from pupils at Fleet Wood Lane Primary School in Holbeach. The school council is pictured with (centre front) Malcolm Haddow, Shannon Baker and Liz Haddow.
Sunshine smiles for a cheque presentation to the National Holidays Fund from pupils at Fleet Wood Lane Primary School in Holbeach. The school council is pictured with (centre front) Malcolm Haddow, Shannon Baker and Liz Haddow.
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AN article in the Spalding Guardian about a sponsored walk for a holiday charity led to a disabled Holbeach student going on a trip of a lifetime.

Mum Julie Baker got in touch with the National Holiday Fund, which organises trips for sick and disabled children, after reading of Garry and Paula Baker’s 87-mile trek across Hadrian’s Wall to raise £3,000 for the charity.

Julie, whose daughter Shannon (11) attends Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, said: “We thought we would see if they could help us.

“We couldn’t have asked for more. In October, Shannon went with 12 other children to Florida on a 14-day trip of a lifetime.

“She had one-to-one care and visited all the parks - it’s something she will never forget.”

The trip also gave the rest of the family a break. Julie said: “Shannon has three older brothers and we were able to go on trips we are not normally able to do.”

Pupils at Shannon’s school raised £70 at a Christmas carol service for the charity.

They were also able to enjoy ‘Florida sun’ when founders of the charity, Liz and Malcolm Haddow, went along to the school to receive the cheque.