Who we are
Northern Lights is a children’s charity formed to raise funds to give children with life limiting illnesses the unique experience of a very special holiday they will never forget.
Every December we take 20 children, aged between 6 and 11, on an all-inclusive holiday to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.
For the children, the holiday may be one of the first prolonged trips without their parents, apart from stays in hospital. They are accompanied by very caring adults who have the parental supervision role but are also allowed to be as independent as they want to be, to make new friends, and be totally occupied with exciting experiences and having fun. Some of the normal childhood experiences these children may miss, such as being with friends and sporting activities, are included for this short holiday. They meet the big man himself as well as riding with husky dogs, visit the reindeers, have a try on a skidoo and complete an Arctic Circle crossing ceremony, all this happens in temperatures which can sometimes reach -20 degrees but they have fun in the snow and return more confident and definitely with a lot of stories to tell. It is very difficult for a child to be happy when enduring the unpleasant, but essential treatments for their illness, but the holiday is entirely focused on making them happy and feel as special as possible.
The holidays can provide a useful component in the treatment of these awful illnesses and as a charity we are very proud to have played a small part in this role. Dr. Hilary Jones, our patron, has commented, “As a doctor, we need moments like this to remind ourselves of why we do what we do, and to drive us to continue to strive to find the answers to the cruel diseases which can affect children and adults alike, and to make us all grateful for what we have, even if it is merely good health.”