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Rays of Sunshine and British Gymnastics fulfills girl’s dream to train with GB gymnastics team

A 10 year old from Selby, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, has had her wish granted to spend the day with the British women’s artistic gymnastics team, thanks to Rays of Sunshine and British Gymnastics.

Ella, from Hemmingbrough, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer, when she was just 3 ½ years old. Due to this, the young girl had to endure intense chemotherapy, as well as major surgery, and she still regularly attends hospital for monitoring, as there are still traces of cancer on her spine. Ella has a real passion for dancing and gymnastics, making it apt that her greatest wish was to train with the British Gymnastics team.

To make her wish come true, Rays of Sunshine enlisted the help of British Gymnastics to organise a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ella was invited along to the Lilleshall National Sports Centre; the home of British Gymnastic in Telford, for her wish, where she got the exclusive opportunity to take part in a training session with the team, working hard to perfect their skills, including being taught how to perfect her own backflip.  She also got the chance to get all the top tips from the country’s best women’s artistic gymnasts including Claudia Fragapane, Phoebe Turner, Ellie Downie, Amy Tinkler and Abi Solari, along with Head National Coach Amanda Reddin as well as meeting Nile Wilson, from the men’s British Gymnastics team.

Ella’s mum Jo, said:

“We are so eternally grateful to Rays of Sunshine and British Gymnastics. It was the best day ever and we as a family are all so unbelievably grateful and words cannot thank you enough, you have given Ella a memory she will never forget, but you have also left some amazing memories in the family. We won’t ever forget this.”

Amanda Reddin, Head National Coach, added:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Ella join us. She took part in the warm up then tried out some gymnastics skills alongside our girls, everyone was very impressed with her gymnastics. The British girls enjoyed passing on their tips and talking about their experiences with Ella and we hope she left even more motivated and inspired to continue her gymnastics journey”