Celebrating a month of moments with our strategic charity partners in the UK; bringing comfort and inspiration to seriously ill children and those closest to them.
Throughout the year Disney UK works in partnership with like-minded charities such as Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Make-A-Wish® UK, MediCinema and Together for Short Lives, to create special moments of togetherness that bring comfort and inspiration to seriously ill children and those closest to them across the UK; and this May has been no exception.
During May, Disney UK, with the help of our dedicated Disney VoluntEAR team, has created over 500 special moments and personally delivered over 2000 themed care packs or activities for seriously ill children. Moments included the galactic Star Wars celebrations with MediCinema, where patients experienced the joy and escapism of film combined with the fun of Storm Troopers, official Jedi Training, the ‘Droid Repair Bay’ Virtual Reality experience and a special appearance from Chewbacca himself to make the day truly memorable. In addition, Children’s Hospice Week was celebrated in partnership with Together for Short Lives, where we were able to bring Disney magic to some of the UK’s children’s hospices through themed parties for the children, their siblings and those closest to them to enjoy. As well as the usual party fun of face painting and balloons, the children’s hospices welcomed special Disney guests including Mr & Mrs Incredible, Tinkerbell and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
We believe that all Disney moments are special, but for the children and families we support through our charity programmes, they can often mean so much more. In times of difficulty, especially serious illness, children and families can feel isolated and miss out on so many of the activities we take for granted. We hope that by creating special moments of togetherness, we can create Moments that Matter, helping to build emotional resilience when it’s needed the most.