Generous residents helped to make a brave youngster’s dream a reality when she swam with dolphins in Florida.
The family of 10-year-old Castleford girl Summer Day – who has cerebral palsy – launched a campaign last year to raise £10,000 for her dream trip.
Their plans looked to have been scuppered in February when a fundraising boxing event was cancelled.
But thanks to the generosity of people and businesses across the area, and help from her family, Summer’s dream came true when she flew out to the US earlier this month.
Her uncle John Day said: “It was brilliant. It meant so much to all of us to see Summer swimming with dolphins.
“It was her dream to be able to do it and she absolutely loved it.
“She couldn’t put it into words afterwards, she just didn’t know what to say.”
Her family launched a fundraising campaign for the trip in December. They held a sponsored spinathon which raised £2,000, a weightlifting competition and also received sponsorship from a number of businesses.
The trip looked in doubt when the family had to cancel a sponsored night of boxing at Castleford Civic Centre in February – due to generate around £9,000 in sponsorship – after police raised security fears.
In total, around £7,500 was raised for the £10,000 trip, with Summer’s family contributing the other £2,500.
Mr Day added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in making Summer’s dream come true. We cannot thank you enough.
“We raised about £7,500 from fundraising and then her family all put a bit in to make it up to £10,000, which was definitely worth it.”
Summer, a pupil at Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School in Castleford, also received an Express Champion Children award last year.