A UTTOXETER charity for children with special needs and disabilities has enjoyed a special day at Alton Towers.
Children from Rakemark Respite helped Merlin Entertainments plc, parent company of the theme park, mark the opening of its 100th attraction with the day out.
The global event saw thousands of children from the 22 countries the company operates in take part.
It was organised by Merlin’s Magic Wand, which provides days out for seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged children at all of the Merlin attractions based around the world.
It also works with local organisations to fund specialist play areas for those children who are too sick to visit the theme park, and Alton Towers Resort said it was incredibly proud to be able to donate just such a facility at the University of North Staffordshire Hospital last year.
Ian Crabbe, divisional director for the Alton Towers Resort, said it was a successful day.
He said: “Everyone had a wonderful time and I don’t just mean the children themselves.
“Their parents, carers and all the staff working with them had a fantastic time too.
“It was such a huge privilege for us to have the children here and to see their faces.
“This is what Alton Towers Resort is all about – children and families playing and laughing together and going away with magical memories that will stay with them for ever.”