A TRIP of a lifetime to meet Mickey Mouse and friends has moved a step closer for a group of disabled youngsters.
Staff at Catcote School Business & Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, have almost reached the £30,000 target needed to send dozens of youngsters to Disneyland, in Paris, after a generous donation from children at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.
Students from the Catcote Road school baked their own cakes to sell and managed to raise £124 which has been donated to the Catcote Disney fund.
In total, 51 pupils from Catcote will be heading to Paris in May, with 27 going in Group 1 between May 16 and 19 and 24 pupils going between May 23 and 26 in Group 2.
The fundraising drive came about thanks to Janet Carr, who is a caretaker at English Martyrs School & Sixth Form College and also works as a teaching assistant in the coffee shop at the Catcote.
Tracy Lee, who leads ICT at Catcote, said: “The children at English Martyrs were very keen to raise money towards the Disney trip and we were over the moon with their generous donation.
“Our pupils mention the trip everyday and this donation has moved us a step closer.
“We are now about £3,000 short of our overall target.
“I have organised a previous trip for older pupils at the school and they all really enjoyed it so we were very keen to give other pupils at the school the chance to go.
“Thanks to all of the donations it means that every child at the school will have been given the opportunity to go to Disney and do something that they probably never thought they would.
“Many of the children have never been out of Hartlepool, never mind abroad, or never stayed in a hotel so it is a fantastic opportunity for them to spend time with like minded people.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support.”
Contributions for the Disney Fund have come from students, the Catcote Road school itself, a series of fundraisers, funding from the Youth Opportunity Fund, Happy Days charity, Hope Foundation and the Bruce Wake Foundation.
Further fundraisers will be held over the coming weeks and anyone willing to donate raffle prizes is urged to call Tracy Lee on 07515 564911.