Glasgow & West Scotland

Sick Scottish children make Lapland trip

The Stevens family from Kilsyth with Prestwick Airport elf Gail Gemmell.
Image caption The Stevens family from Kilsyth were among those who made the Lapland trip

More than 50 Scottish children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses are on a day-trip to Lapland to meet Santa Claus.

A plane left Glasgow Prestwick Airport at 0820 GMT with 53 children, along with their parents and carers.

The trip was organised by When You Wish Upon A Star, a charity which grants the wishes of seriously ill children between the ages of two and 16.

They will spend the day at Rovaniemi in Finland's Arctic Circle.

This is the fifth year the charity has operated a flight from Prestwick.

During their visit, the children will be treated to attractions including snowmobiles, sledges, husky rides and a meeting with Santa Claus.

Glasgow Prestwick chief executive Iain Cochrane said: "We're delighted to support this fantastic charity.

"I'm sure the trip to Lapland will be unforgettable experience for the children. We're pulling out all the stops to ensure they have a perfect day."

The airport gave its support by waiving landing, handling and parking charges for the trip.

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