A brave young boy from Louth has been granted the holiday of a lifetime - and he will soon be fulfilling his wish of swimming with dolphins in Florida.
Kobi Thwaite, 10, contracted Strep B meningitis at six days old, and suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy as a result.
But thanks to the generosity of charity When You Wish Upon A Star, Kobi and his family will be able to jet off on their first holiday together next week.
Kobi’s mum Alison, dad Nicholas, sister Kitty, brother Kade, and grandma Julie will all soon be swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove, as well as visiting SeaWorld and Disney World during their two week break in Florida.
Kobi is particularly excited, as he loves swimming and animals.
Joanne Heywood, area manager for When You Wish Upon A Star, said: “When we hear about someone special, we do our best to make their wish come true.
“I went to Discovery Cove with my disabled daughter years ago, so it’s close to my heart.”
Kobi’s grandma Julie secretly got in touch with When You Wish Upon A Star early last year, and was “stunned” when she received a call back from Joanne.
Julie said: “When Joanne rang, it was like a dream. This is an amazing opportunity for Kobi, and for the family to have their first holiday in more than ten years.
“It’s wonderful what the charity does, it’s quite emotional. Thank you so much.”
Kobi’s mum Alison said: “We were too daunted to arrange a holiday. It wouldn’t have happened without When You Wish Upon A Star.
“I don’t know where to start really - it’s a wish come true. We won’t be able to believe it until we are there.”
“This holiday will create memories for our family that will last a lifetime.”