Brandon embarks on adventure of lifetime

Brandon waving goodbye at Newcastle International airport where managers had arranged for him to be taken up to the terminal - just like the VIP that he is!'Jim Thompson
Brandon waving goodbye at Newcastle International airport where managers had arranged for him to be taken up to the terminal - just like the VIP that he is!'Jim Thompson

BRAVE Brandon Ballance kicked-off his dream holiday in style with a special journey to the airport in a Rolls-Royce.

The courageous nine-year-old, from Amble, is currently on a two-week stay in America to fulfil his long-held wish of swimming with dolphins.

Brandon waving goodbye at Newcastle International airport where managers had arranged for him to be taken up to the terminal - just like the VIP that he is!'Jim Thompson

Brandon waving goodbye at Newcastle International airport where managers had arranged for him to be taken up to the terminal - just like the VIP that he is!'Jim Thompson

Little Brandon has suffered a brain tumour for most of his life having being diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous growth when he was just two.

A huge public fund-raising campaign held in his honour earlier this year collected more than £17,000 to fund the poorly youngster’s Florida holiday.

He is accompanied by mum Sarah Nicholson, his little sister Sienna, and nan Pauline.

And last Thursday, his holiday of a lifetime began with a ride to Newcastle Airport in the Rolls-Royce, courtesy of Alnwick Wedding Cars.

Jim Thompson, who is director of the company along with wife Linda, dressed as a chauffeur on the day to make the journey extra special and drove the youngster to the airport.

He said: “The whole family were excited and I think they had hardly slept. Brandon is a lovely lad and is coping with his problems very well.”

As a further treat, Brandon will be picked up from the airport in a Jaguar on his return.

Mr Thompson said he made the gesture after reading Brandon’s plight in the paper and wanted to help in some way.