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Inspiring boy with spina bifida gets dream flight over the London skyline


 
 
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PRLog - Mar. 6, 2014 - Disabled Boy takes Dream flight over London

Broadcast quality footage (see below) and in-studio interviews offered.

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A six year old London boy suffering from spina bifida and unable to walk or stand had his dream come true when the charity Well Child and Air Partner teamed up this week 500 feet above London.

A helicopter made a surprise visit to his primary school in West Dulwich before airlifting him and his parents into the sky for an incredible flight that gave him a bird’s eye view of sites like the London Eye and Olympic Stadium. Abel who was inspired by the Paralympics said, “It was the best day of my life.”

The initiative will help Well Child’s work helping families like this who are coping with serious illness.

Broadcast quality footage of the dream flight over London commencing with the helicopter’s arrival at Abel’s primary school is available and interviews are offered.

Images can be downloaded here (https://www.dropbox.com/home/Air%20Partner).

DREAM FLIGHT OVER THE LONDON SKYLINE FOR INSPIRING BOY WITH SPINA BIFIDA

A six year old boy from Lambeth had his dream come truewhen he had the chance to take the controls of a helicopter before enjoying an incredible flight over the London skyline.

Abel Seleshi, who has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, which has left him unable to stand or walk and reliant on a wheelchair was given the opportunity to hold the controls of Elite Helicopters’ Agusta A109 helicopter before enjoying the trip of a lifetime.

Taking off from the grounds of his primary school in West Dulwich, Abel who was passionate about the paralympics, was given the chance to enjoy a bird’s eye view of London flying as low as 500 feet over the Olympic Stadium and the London Eye by global aviation company Air Partner.  Air Partner flies governments, heads of state, precious works of art and human hearts around the world and undertakes highly skilled emergency evacuation and disaster relief work.

In association with WellChild, the national charity for sick children, Air Partner carefully planned and orchestrated this special trip for Abel and will raise money to help the charity continue to provide essential support for seriously ill children, young people and their families across the UK tonight at the PLC Awards in London.

Paul Richardson, director of Air Partner’s private jet division said, “Abel is a truly courageous and deserving young boy and flying him today has been a highlight in the life of our company. If making his dream come true has brought him happiness and underscored the wonderful work that Well Child do, we have achieved some good.”

After the helicopter ride, Abel’s emotional mother Gemansh added, “This has been the best day of our lives.”

Colin Dyer, Chief Executive of WellChild said, “WellChild helps hundreds of families like Abel’s every year through our WellChild Nurses and garden and home improvement projects. Very occasionally we get  approached by a company wanting to do something really special for a child. So we were thrilled when Air Partner asked us if we knew of an inspirational young boy who might like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see London from the sky.”

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