THE FUND-RAISING for an Arbroath family’s dream trip to Disneyworld has reached its final stages.
The Mathieson family have been raising money to take their critically ill son, Daniel, on a dream trip to Florida in January and are now putting the finishing touches on their travel arrangements.
Daniel suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which has already claimed the lives of his two brothers John and James.
Earlier this year his parents Norman and Yvonne started the ‘Daniel’s Dream’ campaign to raise the £10,000 needed to take the family on one last extended family holiday to Disneyworld.
Norman said: “We’re obviously going to visit the theme parks, Sea World, Cape Canaveral and hopefully if we’re able we’ll drive up to Graceland.”
After paying their deposit the family had a limited time to pay the balance, but thanks to help from their travel agent their deadline was put back until the end of October.
Even so, according to Norman it was a close run thing. He explained: “We made our total two days before the deadline at the end of October.
“It’s bee a lot of hard work, let’s put it that way.”
The plight of the Mathieson family and their recent success in fund-raising for the Disneyworld trip was highlighted at Holyrood by South Angus MSP Graeme Dey earlier this week.
Mr Dey took part in a parliamentary debate proposed by SNP MSP Jim Eaddie on the impact of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on sufferers and their families and the progress being made on a cure.
He said: “In responding to the debate Public Health Minister Michael Matheson was kind enough to wish Daniel and his family well with the trip to Florida.
“I think that’s a sentiment we would all wish to associate ourselves with.”
Car hire and travel insurance was also expected to be a stumbling block for the family, but according to Norman that, too, has been resolved.
He said: “We are meeting a rep at the hotel about the car hire and we’ve got insurance and everything sorted.”
All the money raised now will go toward ensuring Daniel’s holiday lives up to expectations.
The last fund-raiser organised by the family will be a big prize bingo evening a the Helen Street clubrooms of the Royal British Legion at 7.30 p.m. on December 4.
In addition to the normal cash prizes there will also be a special £100 lucky dip and a big raffle draw for which any donations would be kindly received.
Norman added: “James Cameron will also be organising some more mediumship nights for us before we go and hopefully we’ll have one more in Dundee and one in Arbroath. ”
Last week Daniel and family were invited to the West Practice, Springfield Medical Centre where they were presented by staff with a cheque for £230 raised through the sale of second hand books in their waiting room.