On 7 August 2019, pop star Michelle Heaton joined 21 of our members at Disneyland Paris to enjoy their chosen “Memory of a Lifetime” trip.
They met Mickey & Minnie Mouse in the Walt Disney Studios, followed by practicing their cooking skills, producing a Tutti Frutti dish and harnessing their creativity by customising Mickey ears during two workshops.
Their day continued with meeting Donald Duck before soaring high on the Flying Carpets Over Agrabah. The group experienced a VIP viewing of the Jungle Book Jive, before exploring many attractions within Disneyland Park, including Small World, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and Alice’s Labyrinth. The magical day came to a close with a spectacular ending, watching Disney Illuminations – a firework and projection show on the castle.
Michelle commented, “I was delighted to be asked by Kangaroos to join them on their 25th anniversary celebration at Disneyland Paris, and even better, I got to bring my family with me. To spend time with the children, the Disney VoluntEARS and charity workers that endeavoured to make this experience memorable was humbling and I was honoured to be involved.”
The children, ranging in age from 9 to 18, all have a learning disability and several of them have additional complex medical needs. The children were accompanied on the trip by a team of Kangaroos highly trained care staff. For many of the children it was their first trip outside the UK and their longest trip away from home without their parents or carers.
“Over the years many of our young persons have said they would like to go to Disneyland, but we never thought it would happen. The Disneyland team have been just wonderful, and so generous, in helping us realise this dream” said Jenni Herrett, the founder of Kangaroos who still works to raise funds for the charity.