North Devon special children swim with dolphins

EIGHT special North Devon children have returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Florida, where they swam with dolphins and visited all the major theme parks. The children, all of whom have had to cope with serious illness or disability, were guests of

EIGHT special North Devon children have returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Florida, where they swam with dolphins and visited all the major theme parks.

The children, all of whom have had to cope with serious illness or disability, were guests of the Children's Holiday Foundation North Devon, a charity run by Northam GP Robin Buckland.

It was the 15th holiday to Florida organised by the charity since it was founded in 1993 and a total of 124 children have benefited from the break.

This year, the children had a brilliant time visiting the theme parks, swimming, eating and shopping.


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A bonus was the weather, which was even hotter than normal. On most days the temperature reached the low 90s, which was unusual for the time of year.

Highlight of the holiday was the day spent at Discovery Cove, Orlando, where the children swam and interacted with the dolphins - a very special experience.

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Dr Buckland said: "This was another very special holiday and we could see a positive change in all the children.

"I hope that they will all have benefited from the experience.

"I would like to thank all the voluntary helpers who were, as always, brilliant with the children and also all the kind people of North Devon who have supported us in such a generous way.

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