Northern Lights have allowed hundreds of very poorly children to receive a boost in their confidence and wellbeing which is hard to match. The children return home from Lapland invigorated and the parents are so thankful. For the few days, they can forget being the focus of hospital treatments and being enclosed in a sanitized environment. The children are exposed to new experiences, new friends, plenty of fresh (freezing) air and of course they meet Father Christmas. As nurses, we can testify to the difference in the children when they return for further treatment. All they want to talk about is their trip to Lapland and reminisce looking back at pictures, making the other nurses on our ward jealous!

Nurses, Alder Hey Children's Hospital

I can’t thank you enough for taking my son Dominic on such an amazing trip, it really was a dream come true for him. Memories he will treasure forever. You really are amazing people for all you do for all these children! So thank you sooo much again, you have made one little boy very happy and I’ve loved hearing all about it and seeing all the fabulous photos! X

Mother

Northern lights you are Amazing, we cannot thank you enough for taking gabe and the other children to Lapland. His confidence has increased already and he met lots of new friends. He is still on a high and you Have given him memories to treasure for a lifetime. Xx

Mother

Northern lights charity is a lovely organisation who kindly selected my son for a fantastic trip to Disneyland Paris. After his second cancer relapse we have all been really low as a family, and the ladies to took us away were kind, compassionate and treated us like royalty. Thank you to everyone at Northern Lights for these incredible memories xxxxx

Mother

We’ve just had the pleasure of spending 4 days in Lapland in the same hotel, doing the same trips as you all and what a fantastic group of children and adults you are. You made our trip even more memorable and enjoyable. Hope you all had an amazing time.

Fellow Lapland Traveller

The Charity has given my granddaughter an opportunity that many will never experience and a little respite for her family, what a wonderful gift in so many ways. Thank you.

Grandmother

When Alan Johnson called me I was overwhelmed at his passion and drive as well as his calm manner. Using a tragic circumstance in his life to create so much good is an amazing testament to his character.

We had an induction meeting where we met other parents, and the children could meet each other too. This was invaluable for steadying nerves and Dominic made friends with another diabetic boy – the first he’d met. It was so good for Dominic to feel “normal” again and to be able to talk about blood test monitors and diabetic kit with someone his own age (as well as football). I was relieved to meet the rest of the team who were all so positive and extremely capable. On the day of the trip with passport safe, thermals packed and medication sorted, we left Dominic in good hands at Manchester Airport where they spent a night in the hotel before flying out. Brenda (his diabetic nurse) was with him and my husband and I could relax. Over the following few days, we watched the photos on Facebook upload and knew he would be having a great time.

Dominic certainly benefited enormously from his trip. However, I think we, as parents, also realised that we could let go a little. Yes, he has a condition and yes, it needs to be monitored, but we aren’t the only ones who can look after him. Thank you Northern Lights from the bottom of our hearts.

Mother

I have worked on mainstream British television for 25 years and during that time have covered the work of many charities. I have travelled abroad to witness the work of several of these charities and spent many hours involved with their activities domestically here in the UK. At times, I am humbled and inspired by everything they achieve. There is one standout charity however that has moved me more than all others, brought me to tears and reminded me more than anything else why I wanted to become a doctor myself in the first place and that charity is Northern Lights.

Dr. Hilary

Patron of Norther Lights Children's Charity

Want to say a huge Thank you to northern lights for letting my son James and I go on this amazing trip of a life time with all the other children and their mum’s who are all inspirations can not Thank you all enough for this experience and we will cherish the memories forever xxx

Mother

There isnt enough stars to give this charity for what they do for all these children. My son Tyler has loved every second of the trip & has even asked can we go to Lapland next year after our family holiday! Thank-you for giving my son an experience he will never forget xx

Mother

I can’t thank you enough for taking my son Dalton on such an amazing holiday. Memories he will have forever he has done nothing but talk about it since he came home. You really are amazing people for all you do for all these children! So thank you very much, I’ve loved hearing all about it and seeing all the fantastic photos! X

Mother

This is an amazing charity, which enables children to fulfill a life time experience and cherish these memories forever. Without this charity they would not get this opportunity. So im grateful to each and everyone of you

Mother

Thank you all so much for taking Harry to Lapland he loved every minute of it will be forever grateful

Mother

By the end of the 5 days I was exhausted physically and emotionally, I had supervised/given over 90 injections, well over 100 blood tests, carb counted as many meals and adjusted insulin taking into account the cold, exercise, food and excitement for 5 fantastic children. The other 11 children who also have life-long/life threatening conditions have had the time of their lives thanks to Northern Lights Children’s Charity. Exhausted and emotional but have lots of happy memories and looking forward to a big glass of wine and a full night’s sleep. Thanks to all the people who made this possible for such very deserving children who have gone through so much in their little lives. Xx

Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse , Arrowe Park Hospital

Northern lights you are a truly inspiring team with all the hard work you do raising money for so many children. You have given children such magical memories they will cherish forever.

Nurse

Thank you again. Thank you seems so futile. I will never be able to express my gratitude for giving us all memories that will last a life time. Just watched the DVD, it’s brilliant. Thank you for all your hard work, kindness and dedication. xx

Mother

I have no words to express my thanks for the fabulous people who have taken my super hero to Lapland you have made Haiden’s Christmas and will be etched in his heart and memories forever each of you are angels providing children with a dream adventure Thankyou Thankyou Thank you xxx

Mother

What a fantastic charity every single person involved is worth their weight in gold….you all do an amazing job…..thank you all so much for takin all the children to Lapland….I know our little foster son Ben had a fantastic magical time xxx

Foster mother

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