A north-east man is to become king of the castle – as he embarks on a fairytale of his own.
Paul Hislop, who lives at Cornerstone’s Crudenlea facility in Stonehaven, is a huge Disney fan and has always dreamed of visiting the famous fantasy castle himself.
Paul’s family have already put forward the money for his trip and the cash raised from the fundraising appeal will pay for care staff and equipment to accompany him, as Paul has cerebral palsy.
The appeal, which was started by staff at Crudenlea has raised more than £3,000 since September, which means the 37-year-old will soon be jetting off to Disneyland Paris.
Megan Leven, team leader at Crudenlea, said: “We’ve done lots of different things. We had a coffee morning and we had a team at the Gung Ho 5k assault course.
“We also had a Disney-themed ball, where Paul dressed up as Captain Hook.
“We also got an anonymous donation of £800 which really helped.”
Paul’s favourite character is Mickey Mouse, but he loves all the characters.
He says he’s excited to see the Disney princesses, including his favourites Snow White and Elsa from Frozen, but he’s also a big fan of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast and Captain Hook from Peter Pan.
During his trip, where he will be accompanied by two members of staff from Cornerstone, he will be staying in Paris’s iconic princess’s castle and will have the chance to see the parades, spectacular light shows and go on rides.
Megan said: “We just try to give them exciting experiences. In the past we went camping and we went to Enjoy Music Festival.
“Since he got here, Paul has come on so well.
“It’s really important to get them out in the community. I’m all for thinking outside the box.”
It’s not the first exciting thing Paul has taken part in recently. Last month he went backstage at the Proclaimers’ Aberdeen concert and met the band.
The fundraising page will continue to run until after Christmas, will all money raised going towards helping Paul to have the best holiday at Disney.
The trip is planned for spring, when the weather is warmer. To donate to Paul, visit https://bit.ly/2L1u7nS