Merlin's Magic wand presents it's 500,000th ticket to one lucky family.

Merlin’s Magic Wand

Merlin’s Magic Wand
6th September 2018

The Cushing family from Ravensthorpe, near Northampton, got a huge surprise earlier this year when they applied to children’s charity Merlin’s Magic Wand for tickets to Alton Towers Resort.

Rebecca and Andrew Cushing thought a trip to the theme park would be a real treat for the whole family and a great opportunity to spend precious time together. Five-year-old Caitlin Cushing suffers from a rare and debilitating genetic disorder, so days out like these are few and far between.  To get the whole family together, including Caitlin’s older sister eight-year-old Elise, is an unusual event.

Imagine their delight when the Magic Wand team got in touch to tell them theirs would be the 500,000th ticket given out in the charity’s 10-year history, and instead of just a free ticket and help with travel…they would be treated to an all-expenses-paid VIP weekend.

With the support of the Alton Tower Resort team they arrived with their complimentary pass to saty overnight at the new CBeebies Land Hotel, and during the course of the two fun-filled days met her favourite TV friends in Big Fun Sowtime in CBeebies Land, enjoyed lots of rides and an amazing meal in the resort's Rollercoaster Restaurant.

“It was a really lovely weekend,” said Rebecca. “Caitlin is a really happy child in spite of the difficulties she faces and was always going to have a great time, but it was also a good break for her Dad and I and a thoroughly deserved treat for Elise.

“Because Caitlin needs constant support Elise doesn’t get nearly as much attention as other children her age, but she takes care of herself without complaint and is a really great help.”

Merlin’s Magic Wand (MMW) supports children facing serious illness, disability or adversity, giving families magical days out at Merlin attractions across the world.

MMW has even built over 40 magical sensory experiences in schools, hospices and hospitals worldwide for those children too ill to travel.  Staff regularly visit childrens’ homes and community centres to entertain youngsters with things like Sea Life touch-pools, LEGO® play kits and a host more fun elements from their attractions.

“This is a real milestone for Merlin’s Magic Wand,” said Erin Woods, Charity Manager. “Being able to support so many families and provide our 500,000th ticket in our 10th Birthday year makes it even more magical. We can’t continue this amazing work without the support of our employees, guests and generous contributors.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all.  Alone we can do a little, together we can do a lot.”

A video of Caitlin and her family’s amazing trip to Alton Towers can be seen here.

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The Charity makes FUN accessible to children with three Magic Spells: "Magical Days Out" providing tickets and funding travel grants to families to enjoy their day at a Merlin Entertainments’ attraction; "Merlin’s Magic On Tour" working with our local communities at hospitals and hospices to bring the magic to the children wherever they are; and "Merlin’s Magic Spaces" designing and creating amazing projects in hospitals, orphanages, learning Centres and more all around the world.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a charitable trust registered with the UK Charities Commission, registration number 1124081. Merlin’s Magic Wand Trustees Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 06511344.


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