Sophie's dream

Sophie and Donald

Name: Sophie

Age: 5

Date dream fulfilled: 21/02/2016

Summary: Born with Down’s syndrome, Sophie developed a severe form of epilepsy at just five months old, and this resulted in a loss of vision and the ability to laugh or smile. A trip to Disneyland Paris was the perfect dream holiday.

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Five-year-old Sophie from Bedford is a very special girl. Born with Down’s syndrome, Sophie developed a severe form of epilepsy at just five months old, and this resulted in a loss of vision and the ability to laugh or smile. Sophie has had to overcome a series of hurdles in her short life, including serious pneumonia aged just 18 months, and this means that she has spent a lot of time in hospital. Sophie has chronic lung disease, and also requires oxygen at night to sleep, and so her care can be very demanding for her family.

Although Sophie has had a very challenging start to life, she is undeniably a fighter, and there is no doubt that this very special girl deserved an incredible dream experience.

A trip to Disneyland Paris was the perfect dream holiday, due to all the stimulating sounds and touches. Sophie loves lights, sounds and characters, especially those from Disney! She is very tactile and loves to feel the characters’ faces. As Sophie is unable to see, immersing herself in the enchantment of Disney would be a real sensory experience that she could take alot of enjoyment from.

Originally Sophie’s dream holiday to Disney was planned back in 2012, but sadly her health deteriorated and Sophie was left fighting for her life in hospital. After recovering, Sophie was definitely ready to make some truly special memories with her family!

Heading off to the Santa Fe hotel with her parents, David and Kelly, and brothers, Harry and Alfie, Sophie was all prepared for three nights of Disney magic.

It certainly didn’t disappoint! Sophie had a wonderful time meeting all the different characters. She loved it when Pluto put his big fluffy paw and nose against her cheek and rubbed it, and he even let her scrunch up his floppy ear! Sleeping Beauty called by for a cuddle, holding Sophie’s hand, and the famous Mickey and Minnie were there too, with Sophie’s pink outfit matching Minnie’s dress!

“Thank you so much for sorting all of this out! It was a magic trip! Sophie had such a great time and really came alive. Memories we will all cherish forever. Kind regards and thanks again.”

Sophie’s family

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