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Boy, 11, with cerebral palsy going on trip of a lifetime

P-Jay's trip to Florida comes almost 20 years after his mother went on the same holiday.

Holiday: Sheree says the charity trip is life-changing.
Holiday: Sheree says the charity trip is life-changing. SWNS

An 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is going on a holiday of a lifetime to Florida almost 20 years after his mother went on the same trip.

P-Jay Stirling from East Lothian suffers from a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic hemiplegia, which affects his mobility.

The charity Dreamflight is taking him to Orlando for a ten-day holiday with an exclusive group of children, all of whom have illnesses or disabilities.

In 1998, his mother Sheree Stirling was flown to Florida by Dreamflight at the age of 14 after she suffered severe burns to her body in an accident when she was one.

They have become the first parent and child in the charity's history to be chosen for a Dreamflight trip.

The same carer who accompanied Sheree in 1998 will fly to Orlando with P-Jay.

During P-Jay's holiday, he will visit Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

Later, he and other children will swim with dolphins in Discovery Cove.

'It meant the world to me, going on Dreamflight changed my life completely.'
Sheree Stirling

Sheree said her experience with Dreamflight restored her confidence and was a life-changing event.

She said: "It meant the world to me, going on Dreamflight changed my life completely.

"It was a wee bit daunting at first, leaving home without my mum.

"Then I went and I had an absolutely fantastic time."

Sheree added she was glad Susan Smith, the carer who accompanied her in 1998, will be going with her son.

Trip: P-Jay will fly in October.
Trip: P-Jay will fly in October. STV

She added: "Susan made my holiday magic, she looked after me.

"Now 19 years later she's looking after my wee boy, it just gives me that reassurance P-Jay will be well looked after."

P-Jay attends a mainstream school and enjoys playing football but his condition means he has to use a wheelchair over long distances and struggles to write or use scissors.

He found out he would be going in July, when he was presented with the invitation at his home.

The Dreamflight trip will leave on October 14 in a specially fitted British Airways plane.

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