Disney dream comes true

PUBLISHED: 10:18 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 15 June 2010

A DEAF and partially sighted Seaton man enjoyed his first trip abroad, thanks to a number of fundraising efforts.

A DEAF and partially sighted Seaton man enjoyed his first trip abroad, thanks to a number of fundraising efforts.Chris Blake, 28, who lives in Seafield Road - in a home run by the national deafblind charity Sense - spent a week in Florida, accompanied by two care workers.Communicating in sign, Chris said: "It was fantastic. I was nervous but excited - it was all so new. And Tinkerbell was my favourite character."Home manager Dorothy Sharp, who travelled with Chris, said: "This was such a wonderful experience for Chris. He has always been an avid fan of anything Disney."He usually goes on a trip and forgets about it. But this time he's still talking about it and looking back at his photos. He even made his own sign for Disney."To be given this opportunity to go to the home of Disney and meet all his favourite characters was a truly wonderful gift."Chris, his parents and the staff at Sense said they would like to thank everyone involved in the fundraising effort.Deafblind Awareness Week runs from June 23 to 29. Sense is calling on all local authorities to meet their obligations and provide specialist support to deafblind children, enabling them to enjoy a full and rewarding childhood.To show support, you can sign Sense's online appeal by logging on to www.sense.org.uk/makechildrencount

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