Force Helicopter Unit Donates Cash To Charity

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Force Helicopter Unit Donates Cash To Charity

A Gloucestershire charity has benefited from a £500 donation, thanks to officers from the force helicopter.

Gloucestershire Cloud 9 charity take children who are ill, have spent long periods of time in hospital or who suffer from painful medical treatment on the holiday of a lifetime to Florida.

Gloucestershire officers working for the Western Counties Air Operations Unit (WCAOU), the helicopter unit that is jointly shared with Avon and Somerset police, have made the donation after raising the cash through sales of popular helicopter merchandise bought through their charity fund.

The unit sell everything from pens and mugs to mousemats and t-shirts to raise money to give to worthy causes in the county.

Also included in the fund are donations given to the unit following voluntary talks and information sessions given to local groups and societies.

Gloucestershire Cloud 9 has been chosen in recognition of the fantastic work the charity does in bringing happiness to the lives of Gloucester's special children, giving them an opportunity that may otherwise have been denied them due to the confines of their illness.

The charity exists on a voluntary basis helping children aged 8-15 who suffer from chronic ill health or disability, such as cancer, leukaemia, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, asthma, diabetes and heart and lung disease. These children bravely spend their young lives coping with serious ongoing problems that will deny them the freedom of childhood that we all take for granted.

Many of the Cloud 9 children spend frequent periods of time in hospital often undergoing painful treatments, invasive surgery and a lifetime of medical intervention that will continue into their adult life.

Cloud 9 offers these children an all expenses paid holiday of a lifetime to Disney World Florida accompanied by a team of carers who provide the medical care and support that they may need.

In November Cloud 9 embarks on their 15th trip to Florida, which includes visits to Disney world, Universal Studios, the Epcot centre, MGM Studios, Sea world and many other exciting theme parks. The highlight of the trip is the experience of swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove.

But the donation isn't the force's only link with the charity, Hucclecote Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Kevin Lee has been part of Cloud 9's fundraising committee for the past decade, and this year takes his seventh trip to America with Cloud 9 as a carer.

Pc Steve Mills from WACOU said: "We are over the moon to be able to support Gloucestershire Cloud 9 and help them continue with their amazing work.

"We hope the donation will go some way to helping to bring a smile to another child's face and ensuring that children with life threatening illness and disability in Gloucestershire can realise their dreams."

Posted : 11/10/2006 09:56:13

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