A YOUNG boy paralysed from the waist down has returned from the holiday of a lifetime after having his wish to visit Disneyland Paris granted.
Bartek Pokora, 10, from Hillmorton, suffers from several complex conditions including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, osteoporosis and dislocated hips. His family ended up going on the four-day trip after his mum Justyna heard about wish-granting charity Starlight, who offer serious and terminally ill children wishes.
Julia, Bertek’s 11 year old sister, said: “Disneyland was even better than Bartek and I had imagined it to be. My favourite part was all the scary rollercoasters but Bartek was too scared to go on some of them, but he did love the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.
“We also managed to meet all the original characters and did loads of activities that we didn’t expect we’d get a chance to do.”
Despite his condition, Bartek keeps a busy social life and is a member of the Wheelchair Basketball Academy in Coventry. Ever since he saw an advert for Disneyland Paris on television, he’s dreamt of visiting the world-famous resort. According to his parents Justyna and Maciej, Bartek couldn’t believe that there was a place in the world where he could meet all of his favourite cartoon characters and since that time he has been asking when he can go to see “all the magic”.
Justyna said: “We will be able to share the memories from the trip forever. I cannot even put into words how wonderful those four days were. Everything from the start till the end was brilliant and so well organised. We experienced such wonderful moments and it was fun for every one of us. We will always remember our Disney dream and Starlight will always be in our hearts.”
They travelled by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris, where they were taken on to Disneyland and to their hotel, the luxury Sequoia Lodge, which is situated just minutes from the park and overlooks Lake Disney. They were also given passes that let them skip the queues.
To refer a brave child for a wish or to make a donation, please go to starlight.org.uk or call 02072 622881.