A dream come true for Peterhead’s Aidan

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A BUCHAN schoolboy’s dream came true recently when Starlight Children’s Foundation sent him and his family on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

Aidan Pert (12) enjoyed a luxurious ten day cruise around the Canary Islands with parents Richard and Gill, and younger brother Sam (7) after the wish granting charity agreed to grant his dearest wish.

Peterhead Academy pupil Aidan suffers from a rare condition called Prune Belly Syndrome, which is a group of birth defects that has led to late stage renal failure.

Aidan, who is due to move up to second year after the summer holidays, underwent a kidney transplant in 2009 but the operation was unsuccessful and he is once again on the transplant list.

Without a transplant, Aidan requires dialysis every evening.

Aidan’s Mum Gill explained: “Aidan needs dialysis every night. He also has to change his catheter every two hours - but he has been doing it all since he was five, and really takes it in his stride. The school have been really good, they look after his needs and make sure there is minimal disruption to his classes.”

Aidan’s spirits were lifted on May 9 when he boarded the luxurious Caribbean Cruise Liner ‘Independence of the Seas’ at Southampton for the once-in-a-lifetime break.

Gill says that Aidan had always wanted to visit somewhere warm, like Spain, and so she decided to contact the charity to ask whether Aidan’s wish could be granted.

She said: “Aidan was just delighted when we found out that his wish was going to be granted. I don’t think it really hit his Dad and I until we arrived in Southampton.”

Aidan loves swimming and enjoyed a variety of water activities aboard the ship, as well as plenty of other entertainment.

Aidan and Sam loved whizzing around on the ship’s very own ice skating rink, as well as taking in a few waves at the on-board surf simulator Flowrider.

The Canary Islands were experiencing a heat wave too, so Aidan and his family really got to enjoy some sunny Mediterranean weather.

Gill said: “We had a fantastic time. Aidan loved every minute of it and managed to try nearly all of the activities on the ship. He also really enjoyed the port stops and is so happy that he has now been to Spain! I can’t express how good this trip has been for Aidan – a huge thank you to Starlight.”