News. Media Centre.
Latest news from London City Airport

A Dream Family Holiday

22/10/2010

Kind-hearted police officers arranged a ‘test’ flight for a 7 year-old boy, who lives with autism and severe epilepsy, to help make a dream family holiday a reality.

Sam Marston, of Romford, Essex, who is a pupil at Corbets Tey School in Upminster, has spent the first seven years of his life in and out of Great Ormond Street hospital. 

However he has recently recovered from successful brain surgery which has stopped him having up to 20 seizures a day. 

Now Sam’s Mum Emma (35) and Dad Steve (36) want to take Sam with his brother Joe (13) and sister Sophie (10) on one of the 'dream holidays' offered to them by the various charities they are involved with. The likely destination is Orlando, USA.

However Sam’s condition means the process of checking in, security, boarding the plane, take-off and landing could potentially be traumatic for him. 

So SO18 officers PC Pete Coles and PC Scott Gibbons, based at London City Airport, worked with the airport and CityJet to arrange for Sam and his mum Emma to test his response to flying. They flew to Edinburgh on a CityJet flight out of London City Airport on 20 October, returning the same day. 

Emma Marston said: "I can't thank the officers from SO18, CityJet and London City Airport enough for this wonderful gesture.  Sam is making real progress and this will really help in his development."

MPS Chief Inspector Gordon Atkinson said: “Sam’s parents would love to take him on the family holiday of a lifetime. However they did not want to be in a situation where the first time he set foot on an aircraft was a lengthy 12 hour flight to Florida.

“If Sam decided he did not want to fly out or return, they would rather be in the UK, rather than the USA or another international destination where the process of getting back home would be so much harder.

“Everyone involved from MPS, London City Airport and CityJet wanted to do everything we could to help make this holiday a reality for Sam and his family.”

Michael Collins, Deputy CEO CityJet commented: "We are very pleased to support this fantastic initiative and we hope Sam will thoroughly enjoy his flight with us today. Our crew is looking forward to welcoming him on board and to make sure his first flight experience is a happy one."

Richard Gooding OBE, Chief Executive of London City Airport commented: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Sam and his family to the airport and to work in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and CityJet, the airport’s largest carrier.  We are delighted to be able to support Sam and his family ensuring his trip is a stress free and positive experience.”

Search news stories

Get in touch.

For more on media relations.

For enquiries regarding specific flights, routes or aircraft please contact the airline directly.

Picture of Jeremy

Jeremy Probert
Corporate Communications Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0132

Email Jeremy directly >
Picture of Charlotte

Charlotte Beeching
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0132

Email Charlotte directly >

Out of hours urgent media enquiries only: 07747 103 884 / 07798 708 163

Please note - the press office does not deal with marketing, advertising or sponsorship. Please contact the switchboard on 0207 646 0000/88 and ask for the relevant department.

LCY Tweets

Good evening from LCY, preparing for the final flight of the day. Happy Friday! #FlyLCY http://t.co/pHbjRIPu9k
RT @sjb92: Earlier: great views approaching @LondonCityAir on @British_Airways http://t.co/qDpaTSjFO6
We recorded a top temperature of 23.7 today! What a scorcher! @metoffice #HappyHalloween http://t.co/kgUosSE9V3
21 degrees here in sunny London, where are you flying to this weekend? #FlyLCY http://t.co/EIkbFO12j5
RT @AirPortr_UK: Watch out for Ghosts & Ghoulies tonight #TrickOrTreaters & Who can guess our 80's film reference? #HappyHalloween http://t
RT @AeliaDutyFreeUK: Perfect for the little Trick or Treaters! 2 for 1 on our Disney Smarties Tubes at @LondonCityAir #HappyHalloween http:…
@StopCityAirport @RomfordRecorder @LJClements8 We currently have 70,000 movements per year & permission for 120,000 noise-factored movements
@HelenORahilly @flybe Glad you had a great trip!
@StopCityAirport @RomfordRecorder @LJClements8 To clarify, 45 movements an hour is incorrect, when airport is at absolute capacity it's 38.
RT @A318Driver: Aaah. Good to be back @LondonCityAir It's been too long.... #BAW1 #lcyjfk http://t.co/QfJUfrdGHm
RT @SkyNewsWeather: London City Airport is reporting 20C, beating the Halloween record of 19.4 from Kent in 1968.
@Dayvesbird Be sure to let us know when you're coming through!
@Dayvesbird We sure do, take a look at flight bookings here http://t.co/5TI2sha3j1
@Mr_B_1989 Welcome back, glad you had a good trip!
Take a look at our video guide to Amsterdam, Heineken experience anyone? http://t.co/Q7KEh7jMwk
RT @INVAirport: Keep an eye out for our new London branded taxi in and around #Inverness! @flybe @LondonCityAir http://t.co/yGRloLmWiT
@pia6 For the latest info on your flight please contact your airline http://t.co/AvhFR0TDE6
@Kaweechelchen Flights have been affected due to low visibility, for more info on your flight please contact airline http://t.co/AvhFR0TDE6
@OJBolton Please get in touch with your airline for more info on your flight http://t.co/AvhFR0TDE6
@tonpx Great pics, thanks for sharing!
Follow Us Facebook Twitter Twitter icon Google+ YouTube icon Youtube

Sign up. For news on competitions, new routes and articles. Be the first to know with our newsletter.

Car parking pre-book online.

Save up to 60% >

Book your holiday.

Click here now >

London City Airport

See all destinations >.

Sign up. For news on competitions, new routes and articles. Be the first to know with our newsletter:
Submit >