A Wimborne youngster who is recovering from cancer joined staff at Bournemouth Airport, part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), for a VIP visit to celebrate its charity of the year partnership with CLIC Sargent.
Bournemouth staff arranged for 12-year old Ben and his mother, Nicole, to visit the airport to play the part of airport staff, to celebrate its partnership with CLIC Sargent.
Ben’s day saw him visiting the cockpits of military planes, 'supervising' the security check-in process for a live flight, helping staff lead pilots and their passengers to safety and fighting fire with the airport’s fire staff.
Supported by CLIC Sargent
Ben was supported by CLIC Sargent following his cancer diagnosis in January 2015.
He underwent two surgeries to remove a tumour, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. A CLIC Sargent Social Worker supported the whole family, who also received a financial grant from the charity to help with emergency expenses.
Julie Hudson, who arranged the special day, said: “I found the day an inspirational and an emotional experience.”
“The staff at Bournemouth Airport were very supportive and made the day great fun and I saw the biggest smile on Ben’s face. What a memorable day at Bournemouth Airport and I feel privileged to be working with CLIC Sargent.”
A fantastic day
Ben’s mum Nicole said: “Ben and I were treated to a fantastic day by the staff at Bournemouth Airport. Ben could not stop smiling while doing things he’d never normally get a chance to experience. It was wonderful for me to see him enjoying himself so much.”
MAG is hoping to raise a staggering £1million for CLIC Sargent.