Kye’s dream holiday

Kye, her mum Denise and her brother and sister jetted off to Disneyland, Florida in February for the holiday they’d always dreamed of. It was Kye’s first long-haul trip in eight years and didn’t disappoint. Says Denise: “It was such an enjoyable experience; I will never forget it!

“With Kye, if she’s not feeling it, she’s sleeping – Kye slept at night only, so I know she enjoyed every single moment of that holiday, which made it special for me. It was so good for everybody’s morale.”

The holiday was such a success that Denise wanted to share her travel tips with other parents in her situation. “For us, travelling to the supermarket is a military procedure in itself. So going on holiday can be quite daunting – it’s not easy, but it is doable.”

Kye acquired brain damage after suffering a common virus aged eight months, which damaged all her cognitive skills except her hearing. The family has been supported by Noah’s Ark since 2009 and Kye now receives weekly visits from Specialist Play Worker, Vikki Kempster. Kye is home-schooled and, says Denise, “the play sessions have been such a part of her life for a long time, which is wonderful.”

 “These are memories that you’ll take with you forever, they are priceless. I’d tell every parent to go for it, the help is there and it’s well worth it!”

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