Magical trip to Disney for brave Birmingham girl who survived horror bed fire

The family of a resilient schoolgirl who raised more than £ 200,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital reflected on a magical trip to Disneyland Paris.

The 2018 theme park vacation was a dream come true for Elizabeth Soffe and her family after extremely difficult years.

Elizabeth was badly burned in a cot when just six months old, leaving her with third degree burns over 65% of her body, causing her to lose most of her hair and fingers.

Read more: Courageous schoolgirl raises over £ 200,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

He left the now eight-year-old Kings Heath needing years of treatment at the children’s hospital, including around 70 skin transplants and operations.

Determined to give back, Elizabeth ran a mile every day for 26 days to collect the astonishing amount – despite her limited movements.

The marathon runner’s magical trip to Disneyland was possibly done with Make-A-Wish United Kingdom, This year Mirror Christmas Appeal charity event.



Elizabeth met Snow White at the station

Elizabeth was joined by Dad Liam, Mum Sinead and her siblings in an experience the family fondly remembered.

Liam told the Mirror: “We weren’t on vacation since the fire so it was amazing for all of us, and I think we needed something.

“The trip was a truly magical experience for all of us, and Elizabeth felt very special.

“We didn’t have to stand in line and met the six princesses so it was truly a dream for her. We also met Minnie Mouse, and I think everyone was blown away by her.

BrumWish 2021 aims to deliver thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, children in care and children with little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – as we’ve partnered with our # Toys4Birmingham partners including Thrive Together Birmingham, Birmingham Playcare Network, Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Are also involved Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon Children’s Charity, The Springfield Project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which operates food centers in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from #Brumwish Amazon Wish List here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts on special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

New or nearly new, unwrapped, gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charitable partner to be used to fill in any gaps or purchase specialized toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to donate.

“The highlight for Elizabeth was having tea and cake with the Disney Princesses – what little girl wouldn’t love that?”

Liam added that the family is extremely grateful to the “fantastic” charities that have helped them over the years.

“But Make-A-Wish was really special to us,” he said. “The six of us went on this trip together and it was absolutely fantastic.”

Birmingham Children’s Hospital used funds raised by Elizabeth to purchase a new fractional CO2 laser machine. It helps break up scars to make them less noticeable and uncomfortable.

The Birmigham Children’s Hospital Charity said: “A big thumbs up – and an even bigger thank you – goes to Elizabeth Soffe who completed her own marathon challenge for our charity.

“Despite all the challenges she faced, Elizabeth grew into a remarkably confident, happy and wise young girl – with a beautiful outlook on life.”

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