Inaugural Dreams and Dreamers gala will create memories for 50 families
Last week, guests at our inaugural Dreams and Dreamers Charity gala rubbed shoulders with waxwork stars from Barak Obama to David and Victoria Beckham. The gala hosted by our Royal Patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
Our Royal Patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent said during her speech last night: “Everyone has a dream, and fulfilling one's dream is powerful and transformative. For children and young people with serious and life threatening conditions, it gives a chance to achieve, to learn, to grow and to accomplish. It gives empowerment, independence and control in their lives and a sense of normal-ness for the whole family.
Dream child Jenny, who had her dream of having her own all terrain trike come true, also attended the event to share her story and the impact Dreams Come True have had on her life: “In 2014 I had a cycling accident and was paralysed from the waist down. The lives of myself and my family were turned upside down. To have all independence stripped away is a challenge, especially as I was a keen cyclist and lover of the outdoors before my accident. To get back into the surrounding countryside was something I wanted desperately.
“Dreams Come True fulfilled my dream of having an all-terrain trike and words cannot describe how fantastic it felt to get back outside in the fresh air. The trike has increased my independence no end. The more I use it, the stronger and better I become. I am now able to get into and out of it without assistance, so can take myself out without having to rely on my family.
“With increased independence, I believe in myself and my abilities much more and I am more confident. It’s great feeling like a normal 18 year old, and has made me realise I can’t let my disability get in the way of me leading a normal life. Having my mountain trike has helped me learn that having a disability hasn’t ruined my life, just changed the way I live it. I can still enjoy it.”
Thank you to everyone who attended on the night. Together you raised £160,000 which will go towards making over 50 dreams come true.
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