Zach’s appeal - Go La La for LifeLine 31 March

We would love you to get involved and Go La La for LifeLine for our Big Charity Day 31 March – and for a very special reason. We would like our travel community to help us raise funds for the care of a very lovely little boy, Zach.

In 2014 Zach’s Mum, a former travel agent, applied for support with sensory equipment to help provide a safe and relaxing environment for her 4 year old son Zach. Zach has a benign brain tumour, hydrocephalus, neurological disorders that affects balance and speech, and is fed through his stomach. He also has multiple genetic health problems. His condition is so complex it has no name. We took Zach’s story to the Travel Convention and raised an amazing amount of money which enabled us to build him a sensory room. This has been a lifesaver for Zach’s family. 

Since 2014 Zach’s problems have become more severe. Although he is now 6, he has the mental age of around 0 to 24 months. He has no spatial awareness and will try and run through everything in his path. His behaviour is getting more and more challenging and he has been in and out of hospital with numerous other medical issues.

His Mum Tricy, is Zach’s primary 24 hour carer. She is exhausted and in desparate need of a respite break as is her husband Andy. But they can only ever leave Zach for one night.

There is no clear picture of what the future holds for Zach. All his family know is that he will require constant care.

We would love the industry to support our Big Charity Day and raise funds for Zach to help with his medium term care and perhaps provide them a family break this summer in a place that is suitable for Zach.

Please do get involved in any way that you can. You could join in in our lip sync battle leading up to the day. The best ones will go head to head on 31 March on justgiving where you will be able to vote for your favourite lip sync by a small donation. The lip sync that raises the most will be the winner.  Let’s find out who is the UK Travel Industry’s best lip syncer!! Graham Balmforth has already set the bar! 

But if lip syncs are not for you, simply get involved and hold an event on that Friday. Whether you have a destination theme, do a cake bake, quiz or a dress down day, anything you can do to support Zach’s Fund and others in our industry would be amazing.

We of course would love to see your pictures so please do share everything on twitter and facebook.