The most magical trip of a lifetime for Northern Irish children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses is back this Christmas.

The Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust will embark on their highly anticipated annual trip to Lapland next week, bringing joy, excitement and holiday magic to 85 children.

This heart-warming journey promises unforgettable memories for the young participants, many of whom have never boarded a plane before.

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The Lapland Adventure has become a treasured tradition for the charity, which was founded in 2008, and will take children to Rovaniemi, the official birthplace of Santa in the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland.

The day is full of charming activities including reindeer and husky rides, mini skidoo adventures, a snowmobile safari, magical sleigh rides and a special meeting with Santa himself.

Families eagerly awaiting this magical experience include Beatties from Dundonald and Karen Toal and daughter Rionach Johnston from North Belfast.

Carlee Beattie, mother of nine-year-old Carter, said: “Carter and I can’t wait to travel to Lapland. We are bursting with excitement. Carter is especially looking forward to the husky sleigh ride through the snow and meeting the big man himself, Santa Claus. We are so grateful for this opportunity.”

Karen Toal, mother of five-year-old Rionach, added: “This is a dream come true for us. Rionach is so excited and tells all his family and friends. We can not wait.”

The Northern Ireland Children to Lapland Trust has been a source of joy for over 1,500 children throughout history who have had the opportunity to embark on this magical journey.

Colin Barkley, chairman of NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust, acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the organizations that made the trip possible. he said,

“There is no greater Christmas gift than bringing joy to young children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and helping to alleviate the common challenges that travel brings for their families.”

“Such trips are generally not possible for families supporting children with special needs, and are sometimes compounded by the need to bring medications, supplies and more.”

“We are very proud to be able to lift their burden and support them with a dedicated team of medical specialists to help them and their children create lasting memories in Lapland.”

“Our sincere thanks go to our fantastic supporters TUI, Belfast International Airport, Swissport, Santa Park and Wild Nordic in Rovaniemi who made this trip run smoothly.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful fundraisers in Northern Ireland and our corporate partners including Wineflair, The Bushmills Inn, Hagan Homes, Barclay Communications, C-Tec (NI), Glens of Antrim Potatoes, CozyRoof and Bells.” by Crossgar, Energystore and Mango. Without you, none of this would be possible.”

He added: “After many years of this annual trip, the joy reflected on the children’s faces as they descend to Rovaniemi continues to motivate us to continue this annual tradition.

“Just the sight of the snow-covered and half-dark landscape makes you realize how special the whole thing is and what magic it creates for children and adults.”

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