Disney dream comes true for Preston youngster

TRIP: Daniel Dunne in Disneyland Paris
TRIP: Daniel Dunne in Disneyland Paris
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A youngster has had his wish of visiting Disneyland Paris granted by a children’s charity.

Daniel Dunne, 10, from Fulwood, Preston, has had bowel problems from birth - and since the trip earlier this month he has undergone major surgery to have part of his bowel removed.

The last few months have been very hard, not just for Daniel but for the whole family.

As a result of his condition Daniel has two stomas and is being referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital to find out exactly what is wrong.

Mum, Michelle, 40, said: “We don’t know whether Daniel’s bowel will function again or if he’ll have his ileostomy for life. The last few months have been very hard, not just for Daniel but for the whole family.”

Daniel, a pupil at St Anthony’s Primary School, is very upbeat and enjoys singing and dancing. He adores Disney films and has always wanted to Disneyland Paris on the Eurostar so when he was referred to Starlight Children’s Foundation for a wish he knew exactly what he would choose.

Starlight arranged for Daniel, Michelle, dad Patrick, and Megan, 14, to travel to London and stay in a hotel before travelling on the Eurostar to Paris.

The family had Disney park hopper tickets which meant that they didn’t have to queue. Daniel enjoyed meeting all the characters, before watching a parade from a VIP area.

Michelle said: “Going to Disneyland and being able to enjoy time together as a family again was absolutely amazing.

“We have some incredible memories that will stay with us for life.”

Daniel added: “I had an amazing time. Disneyland was great I loved the parades and fireworks and met Mickey Mouse.”