The Magic Moments children’s charity, whose key supporter is Spicerhaart, may have had to put its trips to Disneyland Paris on hold this year because of the coronavirus pandemic but it’s still managing to bring some cheer to the youngsters from hospices who should have been enjoying a trip of a lifetime.
The charity, which was founded in 1998 by Alick Smith, the then Chairman of Spicerhaart, and his wife Val, has raised more than £1.55 million over the past 21 years and taken hundreds of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families to meet Mickey and Minnie and their Disney friends.
Chairman of the Magic Moments’ Trustees, Jonathan Martin (who joined Spicerhaart in 2007), said:
“It’s obviously hugely disappointing that we aren’t able to make the trip with the children this year, particularly as their health is so vulnerable, as they absolutely love seeing the Disney characters and going on the rides.
“For many, it’s the last time they’ll have such an experience with their parents and siblings.
“So, instead, we decided to send a bit of Disney to them and we raided the Disney store online for treats and memorabilia, including embroidered cushions with the children’s names.
“They were absolutely delighted with their new goodies.”