The Trip

The trip of a lifetime

Destination Florida organises life enhancing biennial trips to Florida for around 72 children from across the North of England. Lasting for eight days, the children are given the opportunity to visit all the major theme parks, including; Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. They also have a relaxing and team building day involving time in the hotel pool, a shopping trip and watching a Cirque Du Soleil show, plus a final night party with entertainment.
Destination Florida Trip

All-encompassing care

High quality medical and pastoral care is provided by 110 adults throughout the time we are away in Florida. This is achieved through the delivery of a mobile hospital consisting of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. Additionally, adult helpers work with the medical staff to create six ‘caring teams’ to enable one to one support to be provided for each child.

Caring for the children who are taken on a trip is often a full-time responsibility for their parents or guardians. Therefore, only children travel to Florida allowing their carers to have priceless eight days of respite whilst having the reassurance of knowing their child will continue to have professional medical care.

Creating magical moments

The children who are invited to join a Destination Florida trip are dealing with medical issues every day of their lives. The charity donates much needed sunshine into children’s lives by providing an environment where they are supported and cared by teams of medical staff and helpers.

Coping with an illness can be a lonely place, especially when you are a child. Our team-based approach creates a mutually supportive environment and the children often make lifelong friendships.

What care is provided?

High quality medical and pastoral care is provided throughout the time we are away in Florida. This is achieved through the delivery of a mobile hospital consisting of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. Additionally, adult helpers work with the medical staff to create six ‘caring teams’ and this enables one to one support to be provided for each child.

Our ‘No Barriers’ approach

​Once approved by the charity’s medical trustee, a child’s background or family circumstances is no barrier for Destination Florida. If the charity can get travel insurance for a child, they will travel to Florida.

Parents and Guardians

​Caring for the children who are taken on a trip is often a full-time responsibility for their parents or guardians. Therefore, only children go to Florida with the charity as this allows their carers to have priceless eight days of respite whilst having the reassurance of knowing their child will continue to have professional medical care.

What’s Included?

  • ESTA
  • Luggage
  • Return flights
  • Hotel accommodation
  • All food and drink
  • T shirts and a hat
  • Coach travel to and from the hotel
  • Theme park and other entrance fees
  • $30 a day spending money per child
The Destination Florida Trip

Apply for our next trip to Florida

Children

If you would like to apply for our next trip, click the link below and complete the online form.

Grown Up’s

To apply to help as a volunteer please click the relevant link and complete the online form.