A life changing airplane
Access to a small private plane, means faster, easier, more flexible journeys that can also bring much needed enjoyment at a very difficult time. These journeys can help children with cancer towards a better future.
In the UK, we are able to fly to and from small airports and airfields around the British Isles, so families will be able to get where they need to go in comfort, safety, and privacy. This is so important for sick children, with compromised immune systems, who risk infection travelling on public transport or feel unwell on long car journeys.
To turn ‘Fly Through Cancer’ into a reality, we need your support. By donating £4/month, or by offering a one-off donation, you can help us to fund a small airplane for flights for children with cancer in the UK and abroad. Check below what you get for your donation:
You can have your name painted on an airplane
We're proud of our donors - and we want to take you with us on our life changing journeys. For the minimum donation of £4/ a month or a one-off payment of £48.00, your name will be painted on the plane flying children to where they need to go.
Your name will be painted on the airplane upon successful fundraising and as soon as it's delivered to us.
Knowledge that you are helping real families and their children
We will provide regular information through videos, Skype hangouts and email updates and photographs. You will be able to see for yourself some of the flights we make and the families we support, including footage from the cameras installed on the airplane (if permission is given by the family). It is wonderful to see the difference a better journey makes to a child and their family.
Visit the airplane or help us to prepare a flight
We are an open and inclusive organisation and we love our donors to get involved. You can take part in our events, you can visit the airplane at special open days, or visit us at our headquarters in Cambridge. For those that want to get further involved you can even come and work with us for the day, and help to prepare a flight – always an exciting and interesting project. Just get in touch via our contact page.
The Problem We’re Helping to Solve: Impossible Journeys
What transport challenges do children with cancer and their families face?
According to a study by the cancer charity Clic Sargent, parents spend an average of £600 in additional expenses - per month. The majority of these expenses are travel related. Many families have to travel for hours and spend money they simply don’t have on long car journeys.
Oftentimes air travel would clearly be the best option - for a child that needs to get from Manchester to London to see a consultant, for example. However, children with cancer can have Immune systems that are compromised, add to this symptoms of fatigue and nausea, plus expensive airline tickets and travel restrictions imposed by many airlines, travelling by plane – becomes impossible.
A special/private airplane is the ideal solution, both in the UK and internationally. We can make hard journeys easy and even enjoyable. We can get children with cancer where they need to be.
A very special way of travel
For short and medium haul distances, our flights will allow children and their families to fly safely at no cost, reducing the time they need to be away from home, and from school or work.
Weather permitting, they can fly when it is convenient for them. They won’t need to deal with the stress of travelling through busy airports, queuing for check in and security procedures. We will also fly from smaller airports, closer to where the families live. We can get people from A to B, solving a very real problem, with speed and ease.
If for some reason we are unable to fly, we'll provide a transport grant to get children and families where they need to go.
We can offer free access to the airplane for non-emergency transport. Families can use the service to travel to medical examinations or to see a specialist. We can also offer recreational flights allowing children and families to create valuable memories together.
We will offer our support to national and local charities, hospitals and hospices, and work together to identify who needs our help.
Based in Cambridge, international reach
Based in Cambridge, the airplane will be flown by experienced volunteer pilots, who offer their time to Please Take Me There. Most of the year, the airplane will help families based in the UK. During winter months, and once a year, our airplane will travel to a developing country and help transport children from remote areas to the hospitals that can treat them. We will also fly medical teams to remote areas to help diagnose patients and provide essential training to local doctors and nurses.
Your donation also helps children with cancer in developing countries
In developing countries, only 10% of children with cancer survive. Your donation will also allow us to continue to help hundreds of children in countries like Myanmar and Ghana, by offering thousands of journeys to children and families living in poverty. These are journeys to and from hospitals, for diagnoses, medical treatment or palliative care - so far we have enabled over 2,000 journeys.