The family of a Huntingdonshire youngster battling a range of health issues enjoyed a trip to Disneyland Paris thanks to a local charity. 

Michael Latta, eight, and his family, from Needingworth, were invited on the recent trip organised by Magic Moments – the in-house charity of estate and lettings agency haart, which has a number of branches in Cambridgeshire. 

Magic Moments hosts regular trips to Disneyland for children requiring hospice care, and their families, and has raised more than £2.5million in donations since it was launched in 1998. 

Michael was born two months premature, with underdeveloped lungs. He also has global development delay, dwarfism and other complex needs meaning he requires close to round-the-clock care. 

Cambs Times: Michael and Emily Latta on their trip to DisneylandMichael and Emily Latta on their trip to Disneyland (Image: Mosaic Publicity)

His mum Kirstie, along with dad Rob, praised Magic Moments for organising everything required to get a child with additional needs across to Paris. 

“It made such a big difference to us as a family having something to look forward to,” Kirstie said. 

“Michael was in hospital a few weeks before we went away and it was one of the things that just kept us going through that period, knowing that we had this trip ahead of us, and we got super excited.  

“We watched lots of videos about all the different rides, obtained lots of different ears for the children and really entered into the whole spirit of it. 

Cambs Times: The Latta family on their trip to Disneyland ParisThe Latta family on their trip to Disneyland Paris (Image: Mosaic Publicity)

“We were just blown away. It was amazing from start to finish. 

“It was so emotional, because having that time away and not having to think about medical appointments and liaising with different people just for that short period of time was mind blowing.  

“And we actually got to relax, which we never really get to do.” 

Cambs Times: Michael LattaMichael Latta (Image: Mosaic Publicity)

Siblings of poorly children are also included by Magic Moments and Michael’s sister Emily also got to experience the magic of Disney. 

“Emily’s an average ten-year-old, she's into anime, and she's into bouncing and dance and all the normal things,” Kirstie said. 

“To see them both actually enjoy that little bit of magic and see their faces light up when Mickey and Minnie Mouse were waving at them as we walked into the park was priceless.”