Park helps make dream come true for children

Some of the youngsters are pictured with the Fantasy Island mascots. Photo by John Crossland.

Some of the youngsters are pictured with the Fantasy Island mascots. Photo by John Crossland.

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KIND-hearted staff at Fantasy Island have helped to give thousands of disadvantaged youngsters a treasured childhood memory - after they threw open their doors for free.

The Ingoldmells-based attraction welcomed over 2,000 children from across the UK on Saturday after they offered to give the Variety Club Children’s Charity free access to its rides.

Fantasy Island’s 25 rides and indoor pyramid were taken over for the day by they children from the Variety at Work programme.

They also had access to many other attractions on site and enjoyed special entertainment from the resident ents team.

Characters who were put together especially for their visit topped off the day, and ensured that the thousands of youngsters left with a fond memory that will last a lifetime.

Tony Daly, Fantasy Island’s Chief Operations Officer said “We are delighted to be able to offer our support and facilities to such a great group of people.”

Variety at Work Chairman Keith Andrews was equally delighted with the partnership established with Fantasy Island, and also with the support that the attraction has shown to the organisation and its many members.

He said: “Thanks to venues such as Fantasy Island, every year The Variety Club is able to give thousands of children across the country opportunities and adventures that they simply wouldn’t otherwise have.

“The 2,000 young people at the event will never forget this wonderful experience and our thanks go out to everyone who has made it possible.”

The 2,000 youngsters who were given free access to the rides were from counties all across the UK.