170 seriously ill children and their families enjoyed a VIP day at Farnborough International Airshow last weekend at the largest Box4Kids event to date.
Thanks to donations from Embraer, Kallman Worldwide and ATI Metals the guests enjoyed VIP hospitality in corporate chalets, in addition to a maxed itinerary of extras arranged by Farnborough International.
Face painters and goody bags awaited the guests upon arrival in the chalets, followed by visits from the Red Arrows, the Breitling Wingwalkers, Richard Goodwin, Angelica Bell and a group of sniffer dogs. All children were also given the opportunity to meet USAF pilots with a VIP tour of their aircrafts, including sitting in the cockpits.
In the words of one parent who visited the ATI Metals chalet with his son, “The day at Farnborough Airshow was just so magical, to meet the pilots, the aircraft involved in the show, not forgetting about the chalet and the VIP treatment given. All this really made his day and our day too. It was truly a day to remember.”
“A huge thank you for a wonderful day at Farnborough Airshow. It was an experience that we will never forget,” another parent said. “We were all made to feel incredibly welcome and were treated to a fun packed itinerary, constant refreshments and the most amazing view of the show itself. It was wonderful yesterday to spend the day together as a family, as we have all been living separately for a while.”
A range of hospitals, hospices and charities in London and the South East helped select children for the weekend, including Royal Marsden Hospital, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Royal Alex Children’s Hospital, University College Hospital, Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent.
Farnborough Airshow is the largest event we have organised, and would not have been possible without the fantastic support from Farnborough International and, of course, our chalet donators.
“It’s often the ‘normal’ things in life that are most lacking for children with a chronic condition and today, although far from a normal day, was special in more ways than one,” one parent wrote to us after her visit to Farnborough with her daughter.
Watch more of our pictures from the weekend here.