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Olivia's parents get a welcome break

PUBLISHED: 21:00 16 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

ANGLIA Railways set the wheels in motion and gave the parents of a brain injured child the star treatment.

Chris, 46, and Julie McCarthy, 40, enjoyed their first weekend together since their five-year-old daughter, Olivia, was struck by a mystery illness at 17 months, leaving her brain damaged.

ANGLIA Railways set the wheels in motion and gave the parents of a brain injured child the star treatment.

Chris, 46, and Julie McCarthy, 40, enjoyed their first weekend together since their five-year-old daughter, Olivia, was struck by a mystery illness at 17 months, leaving her brain damaged.

The Ipswich couple made a guest appearance at the Evening Star and Disability Care Enterprise Press Ball in June where they were presented with the Anglia Railways gift.

They struck lucky as by coincidence the weekend fell on the pair's fifth wedding anniversary.

Just before boarding the train at Ipswich railway station excited mum-of-three Julie, of Trent Road, said: "It is really quiet without the children.

"This will be the first time we have been away since Olivia became ill. I am really looking forward to our weekend.

"The trip fell on our anniversary by chance because Olivia was staying at The Children's Hospice when I phoned up these were the dates that they had available.

"Olivia is in good hands so it is great to be going away without having to worry."

They enjoyed first class travel to London with a two-night stay at four star hotel, The Thistle Barbican, and watched the hit show, Fame, at The Cambridge Theatre in the west end.

Their other two children James, aged two, and 13-year-old Faye are staying with family.

Kerri Howard, communications manager for Anglia Railways, said: "We are really glad we could help."

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