Help us to provide free flights to seriously ill children and adults
In October, we successfully ran the ‘Fly Me There’ programme in the Cambridgeshire region. For one month, we offered patients with cancer and other serious conditions, and their families, the opportunity to fly, for free, to medical consultations, family gatherings and much-needed recreational activities.
We received one request every two days and flew more than 50 passengers.
Now we need your help to extend the programme and help many more children and adults with cancer. We are currently fundraising £40,000 in order to extend our programme and enable free flights, not just for one month, but for a whole year!
We can offer free access to the aeroplane 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. You can find more details about the flights we offer here.
We offer our support to local charities, hospitals and hospices, and work together to identify who needs our help.
The transport challenges facing seriously ill children
One example is highlighted by the cancer charity CLIC Sargent who carried our a study of cancer costs. 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 journeys.
Often, air travel is the best option - for a child who needs to get from Manchester to London to see a consultant, for example. However, children with cancer usually have compromised immune systems, so travelling on a public plane is dangerous. A large, crowded plane can cause fatigue and nausea, plus airline tickets are expensive, and there are travel restrictions imposed by many airlines. Travelling by plane becomes impossible.
A very special way of travel: how it works
A small aeroplane is the ideal solution, both in the UK and internationally. We can make hard journeys easy and even enjoyable. We can get children and their families where they need to be.
For short haul distances, our flights 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 can 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.
Based in Cambridge, international reach
Based in Cambridge, the aeroplane is flown by experienced volunteer pilots, who offer their time to Please Take Me There. Most of the year, the aeroplane helps families based in Cambridgeshire and surrounding regions. During winter months, and once a year, our aeroplane 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.