‘Dream’ holiday for Elijah, 12, thanks to generous readers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 September 2018

Elijah Thomas with his mum Kaddy. Picture: Kaddy Thomas

Elijah Thomas with his mum Kaddy. Picture: Kaddy Thomas

Kaddy Thomas

A Clevedon mum has thanked Times readers after their generous donations allowed her to take her disabled son on their ‘dream’ holiday.

Elijah Thomas. Picture: Kaddy ThomasElijah Thomas. Picture: Kaddy Thomas

Kaddy Thomas launched an appeal in June to raise much-needed cash to take her 12-year-old son, Elijah, on holiday to Center Parcs.

Thanks to readers’ donations, the campaign raised a ‘fantastic’ £1,056 which she was able to put towards the cost of taking Elijah’s team on the trip.

The youngster requires around-the-clock, two-to-one care after being born with a rare genetic condition called Apert Syndrome, which Kaddy also has.

The condition means the bones in his skull fused prematurely and prevents his skull from growing normally.

Elijah Thomas. Picture: Kaddy ThomasElijah Thomas. Picture: Kaddy Thomas

When he was just 18 months old, Elijah required surgery to fit bone distractors to give his brain more space to grow but he tragically contracted a life-changing pneumococcal meningitis infection which left him with a catalogue of life-limiting health issues.

Kaddy decided she wanted to give her little boy a family holiday for them to share and create precious memories after he spent much of his young life in hospital – he has been admitted seven times this year alone.

The holiday required military-style planning to ensure everything went off without a hitch but the family were all packed and ready to go to Woburn Forest Center Parcs.

Kaddy said: “From the moment we arrived, everything was a dream.

Elijah Thomas with his mum Kaddy. Picture: Kaddy ThomasElijah Thomas with his mum Kaddy. Picture: Kaddy Thomas

“The staff at Center Parcs could not have done more to make us feel welcome and give Elijah and I an amazing break.”

The family and the on-shift carers had use of the exclusive accessible lodge with plenty of room for his supplies.

The family were also given exclusive access to the spa swimming tub before it opened to the public each day and he and his mum were able to enjoy a duet bike ride.

Kaddy added: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the GoFundMe campaign.

“In the end, we needed 11 members of staff over various points in the week to cover Elijah’s care needs.”

The week away cost nearly £13,000, for the around the clock care but Kaddy said his ‘grin said it all’.

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