Sisters Neve and Drew Turner, who both suffer from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), were given a fun-filled day at a theme park after being chosen as Hope 4 Kidz beneficiaries.
CF is a life-threatening disease which affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.
Neve was diagnosed with the disease first after she suffered gastroenteritis and failed to get better in 2005. Further investigations showed that Drew also had the disease, falling victim to a one in 625 chance that both would inherit the condition from their parents.
In 2008, Hope 4 Kidz offered Drew and Neve a chance to meet their music idols Girls Aloud at the Beamish Summer Festival. When the concert was cancelled due to severe bad weather, the charity used proceeds from the 2008 Caribbean Dreams Ball to send the family on an all-expenses paid trip to Alton Towers.
Phillippa said: "To be able to go and stay at Alton Towers is something we would never have been able to do on our own because it’s so expensive. Thanks to Hope 4 Kidz the girls had a great time. Neve absolutely loved the roller coasters and Drew really enjoyed swimming at Splashland where we stayed."
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