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Holiday of a lifetime for young patients

03 December 2007

Two young patients who are treated for cancer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital experienced the holiday of a lifetime at Disneyworld in Florida.

Two young patients who are treated for cancer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital experienced the holiday of a lifetime at Disneyworld in Florida.

Kausar Hassan, Clinical Nurse Educator for paediatrics, spends her holidays supporting the Dreamflight charity which helps make the dreams of seriously ill children come true.

Rachael Searl, Staff Nurse on Neptune Ward, and Helen Runcorn, Staff Nurse in the Paediatric Emergency Department, also helped out Dreamflight this year.

This year Yasmin Alassmar (14) and Malik Sinada (10) were nominated by Rosie Simpson, Macmillan Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Haematology/Oncology, and they were selected to go on the trip.

Kausar would like parents and her colleagues to know about Dreamflight and how other children can be nominated for next year’s holiday.

She says: “Nominations can be made by healthcare professionals and parents and I am happy to talk to anyone who feels they would like to nominate a child when nomination forms for 2008 are available in January.

“Obviously, parents need to know that a nomination does not guarantee their child a place on the trip and children should only be told once they receive confirmation that their nomination has been successful, to avoid disappointment if they are not chosen.”

Kausar can be contacted via email kausar.hassan@chelwest.nhs.uk – more information about Dreamflight is available at www.dreamflight.org.

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