On Saturday, 16th December, flying charity Helping Wings joined forces with Jersey based airline Blue Islands to create an experience all sixty five passengers on board the Santa flight would never forget.
The passenger list was made up of local children who would gain significant benefit from the flying experience. They were accompanied by a parent or carer and, most importantly, Father Christmas and one of his elves.
The young people were guided through check-in and security procedures at the airport by Blue Islands’ staff and members of the Helping Wings team. After boarding their flight they found Father Christmas and the elf already on board to welcome them.
With a sprinkling of Christmas magic, the day was bright and sunny, giving everyone superb views of their home island.
Once the thirty minute trip was over the children arrived back in the terminal building where another surprise awaited them. Christmas presents appeared on the baggage carousel and each child received a gift from Santa, helped by his elf.
To finish the day, everyone was invited to Jersey Aero Club to share refreshments and excited tales of their adventure.
The flight was photographed and filmed by Videographer Luke Hosty from Protect.Blue which enabled each child and their families to have a lasting memory of the day
Helping Wings Chairperson, Eveline Hawkin said: “We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone for their generosity in donating everything that made this experience possible.” “We still can’t believe how amazing Blue Islands were to offer us an aircraft for the flight.
“The professionalism and kindness of their Santa 1 crew and airport ground staff provided a stress free travel environment for the children. This is extremely important for many of the conditions these children and their families live with.
“The confidence they have gained from this day will make a difference to their ability to travel in the future. This is not only important for precious family holidays but also for any off Island medical appointments”.
Photo credits Luke Hosty, protect.blue