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Solent staff raise £15,000 to aid children&#39s charity

Solent Mortgage Services is donating £15,000 raised from company events throughout the year to children&#39s charity Dreamflight.

Dreamflight sends seriously ill children on a “holiday of a lifetime” to Florida, where they visit Walt Disney Magic Kingdom, Seaworld and Universal Studios.

Dreamflight says that while other charities often devote themselves to the purchase of medical equipment or to the funding of long-term research projects, it feels that it is just as important to bring happiness into the lives of children whose illness and treatments have brought them pain, distress and disruption.

The charity was devised in 1986 by Derek Pereira and Patricia Pearce along with a small group of British Airways staff. Over 280 sick children and their helpers set off to Florida for what was intended to be a one-off trip. However, it proved to be such a success that the holiday has now become an annual event.

Solent has sponsored Dreamflight for the last two years. The company&#39s £15,000 donation was raised over the course of a year through a combination of initiatives ranging from golf days to auctions along with a number of individual staff fundraising events.

Sales and marketing director Ian Balfour says: “It is testament to our staff and to the mortgage industry that over the past year we have raised this amount of money for Dreamflight. Solent has been a sponsor of the charity since 2001 and we look forward to continuing our association in 2003 and beyond.”

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