Family flight experience for children with cancer

Families from all over the south west had a great day at Henstridge Airfield at what proved to be another successful CLIC Sargent family fun day.

Family flight experience for children with cancer

Pilots and airfield staff generously gave up their time to make sure more than 100 children with cancer and their families were treated to breathtaking views in the planes, flying all over Stourfield and Longleat.

Scarlett Cullen, from Devon, who is currently being supported by CLIC Sargent, said: “Flying in the planes was brilliant fun.

“Guss, the pilot, let me take the controls and so I flew me and my mum over Centre Parcs and Longleat.”

The CLIC Sargent Family Fun Day is always a popular event and open to families who are being supported by CLIC Sargent.

Last year CLIC Sargent gave practical and emotional support to over 200 families from Devon and Dorset and continues to give support to help reduce the impacts cancer will have on a family and community.

Lisa Harper, mother of Byron who has received support from CLIC Sargent, said: “It’s a truly an amazing day.

“It is so nice to be surrounded by people you have met in hospital and seeing them all excited and having a great time.”

All worthwhile

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Joy Petley said: “The families we support go through so much and to see all these young faces full of smiles makes it all worthwhile.

“The day not only provides a once in life time opportunity, but also a chance for families to have fun together and spend some quality time together, away from hospital life.

“The support from staff at Henstridge Airfield, the pilots, Sturminster Newton Rotary and of course the local Scouts was overwhelming and they really held the day together.”

Thank you

Clubs, staff, as well as Help for Heroes charity staff, all gave up their time to provide over 100 families with a fantastic time.

There were also members of the community offering rallying experiences, and a ride in a mimic American police car, flashing lights and all. Steve Burrows, Activities and Adventures by Design, were also on hand, getting the children and adults to learn how to wire walk, and Hoola Hoop.

The day was a true example of the community working together and devoting time, care and money to ensure families in crisis had a break from the struggles that childhood cancer generates and we would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and support.

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Joy Petley on 01392 314 674 or email: