Little Max’s dream comes true

Max Wenman.
Little Max Wenman and his family will experience the holiday of a lifetime, thanks to the ‘Kids Paradise Dream Come True’ initiative.

Little Max Wenman and his family will experience the holiday of a lifetime, thanks to the ‘Kids Paradise Dream Come True’ initiative.

The initiative, started last year by owner of Kids Paradise Créche and Montessori School, Elizabeth Yorke, and her daughter Serena, aims to provide a Longford family with the chance to go on holiday to Orlando, Florida.

Diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at just two years of age, Max underwent more than a year of rigorous treatment. It was a tough time for the family, but happily, at the end of last year, Max was given the all-clear. Last week, Max had a three-month check up and though results have yet to return, his mother Cathy says that the oncologist was pleased with the progress made.

Nominated last year, Max was too unwell to be chosen for the holiday. This year, however, after being nominated by Dee Monahan, Max will get the chance to visit Disney World with his parents Cathy and Roy and siblings Robyn, Chloe, Jamie, Killian and Millie.

Cathy explained that the family are “absolutely thrilled” and very much looking forward to the holiday together. Explaining that Elizabeth had sent on a link to the house online, Cathy laughs “Millie, my five year old, looks at it every day!”

Extremely grateful for the opportunity, Cathy cannot thank Elizabeth, and all involved with the initiative enough for what they have done. “The fact that it is the eight of us is practically like sending two families” Cathy says, adding that she is looking forward to spending time with the whole family on the holiday.

Before the family jet off on June 10, a number of fundraisers will take place to help raise the necessary costs. A Fawlty Towers fundraising dinner will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel on March 1. Tickets will be available shortly from Farrell-Coy, the Longford Arms, or Elizabeth on 087 9280577.

Elizabeth is also looking for women to take part in the women’s marathon in Dublin to raise further funds. Last year’s group ran, jogged and walked the distance, enjoying a lovely day out for a great cause!

Describing the family’s reaction to the news of the holiday as “unbelievable”, Elizabeth adds, “it’s absolutely fantastic, there’s no doubt about it!”

Local businesses have been commended by Elizabeth for their support and generosity. “There’s been a huge response, all positive!” Elizabeth also commends Niamh Donlon of Ulster Bank whom she says has been “a huge benefit” to them.

Elizabeth’s daughter Serena is also heavily involved with the process, taking care of the financial and online aspects of the initiative, and she has set up a Facebook page to keep the public posted on progress.

Often asked about her own reward for her hard work, Elizabeth concludes that seeing the family’s reaction and knowing that their dream is coming true is reward enough for all involved.