Children challenged with severe illnesses and disabilities receive VIP treatment at Singapore Airshow 2024

Over 60 children and their families from local hospitals enjoyed Singapore Airshow’s public display on 24th and 25th February whilst being treated like VIPs in corporate chalets. The chalets were donated by Embraer and Honeywell to the Barrie Wells Trust’s Box4Kids initiative, and generously facilitated by the Airshow’s organiser Experia Events. This is the second time the Box4Kids initiative has attended the Singapore Airshow.

The Barrie Wells Trust is a UK-based charity encouraging companies to donate corporate VIP boxes for the purpose of creating wonderful experiences and lifelong memories for children challenged with severe illnesses and disabilities. Trust Chairman Barrie Wells MBE is a former resident of Singapore.

The children had a number of fantastic VIP opportunities across the weekend, from watching the exciting aerobatic flying displays from VIP chalets, touring the aircraft exhibition, meet and greets with the Airshow’s mascot, AIA and RSAF pilots, and even experienced first-hand the interior of the planes on display such as AIA’s U.S. Corral.

Barrie Wells, founder and funder of the charity, “I am thrilled to have been able to invite over 60 deserving children and their families to attend Singapore Airshow this year. Every time I attend a Box4Kids event, I am absolutely humbled by the impact a VIP experience has on the children who attend, and Singapore Airshow is no exception.”

Melvin Tan, Chief Communications Officer, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, “As the leading children’s hospital in Singapore, KKH is dedicated to providing holistic care for our patients, many of whom have complex conditions. We are grateful to the Barrie Wells Trust for offering our patients and their families the opportunity to enjoy a meaningful time together at the Singapore Airshow.”

LOVE, NILS Executive Director Staphnie Tang “As a social service agency in Singapore providing psycho-social support to our children and adolescents battling cancer, we are especially thankful to Barrie Wells Trust to invite our beneficiaries and their families for a life-time VIP experience at the Singapore Airshow.  Their wide smiles and excitement are precious beyond words.  It was a special day that they had taken cancer off their minds. Thank you, Barrie, Barrie Wells Trust and Box4Kids!”