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Families affected by the Manchester bombing treated trip to Disneyland Paris

Young people and families affected by the Manchester bombing in May were treated for a pre-Christmas outing to Disneyland Paris.

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British Airways and Comic Relief have teamed up with Disneyland Paris to have some much needed holiday cheer to the families who were drawn by a horrible tragedy earlier this year.

On Tuesday, the theme park welcomed a group of visitors that were affected by the Manchester bombing on 22 May, during which a attacker, identified as Salman Abedi detonated a bomb that claimed his own life and the lives of 22 concertgoers immediately after a performance of singer Ariana Grande.

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The trip was organised by British Airways and Comic Relief in the celebrations of to a Flying Start, their love partnership initiative.

“We wanted a number of the families to a Christmas day out, to have fun and meet some of our more famous ambassadors,” said a representative for British Airways.

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“We wanted a number of the families to a Christmas day out, to have fun and meet some of our more famous ambassadors,” said British Airways ‘ community investment manager Mary Barry, The Mirror reported.

“We are very grateful to Disney for agreeing to work with us once again and to all the celebrities giving their time to come with us,” she added.

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As part of the journey, British Airways arranged for the families to be flown from Manchester to Paris on Tuesday morning, complete with celebrity chaperones, including the British comedian Jon Bishop, and the cast of the British TV series “Hollyoaks.”

Upon arrival at the park, the group was greeted by two celebrities — British tv star Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan — who posed for photos with the group in addition to the Bishop, and the “Hollyoaks” cast.

British soap star Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan, center, enabled to meet the families in Disneyland Paris.

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This is the fifth outing organised by Flying Start, and Disneyland Paris, but the first in which British Airways and Disneyland along with the “I Love Manchester” campaign to support the families and victims of the bombing.

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“We are proud to work together with British Airways for a fifth year in a row, giving more than 50 people from Manchester, a fantastic day trip for Christmas and support Flying Start,” said Annabel Altmann, a senior manager at Disneyland Paris.

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