Ballyclare kids enjoy festive trip to Lapland

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Children from the Newtownabbey borough have experienced the trip of a lifetime after a festive ‘Fantasy Flight’ to Santa’s homeland.

Organised by Carrick-based charity the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland Trust, the annual trip takes a number of terminally ill, long term ill and deserving children on a fun-filled day trip to Lapland.

Taking place this year on December 18, the Fantasy Flight saw the group travel from Belfast to Rovaniemi airport.

“We had about six kids from Ballyclare on the trip; the rest were from all over Northern Ireland,” said NICLT founder and chairman Jack Rodgers MBE.

The successful excursion saw the children enjoy a packed schedule including husky and reindeer sleigh rides, a snowmobile safari and a tour of the ‘Angry Birds’ activity centre. They also made a visit to an elf workshop, and met with Santa in his log cabin.