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THIS WEEKEND, more than 100 seriously ill children and their families enjoyed a fun-filled day at an exclusive Christmas party at Citylabs in Manchester, thanks to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity, Extra magic was added through the generous donations from Cash for Kids, Beauty Bay, Singleton Trading and Ultimate Products, as well as famous sweet makers, Swizzles Matlow who gave sweet treats for the party goers.

Children and families got to enjoy activities of all kinds including bear-building, t-shirt decorating, slime making, face painting, biscuit decorating, nail art, airbrushing, tattoos, caricatures and even a disco with a DJ. The party was jam-packed and full of fun for the families. If this wasn’t enough, the children could also enjoy eating lots of party food, including Swizzles Sweets and tasty Samosas from local Ashiana Takeaway and take home an amazing ‘air walker’ balloon, provided by PartyPieces.

Live entertainment on the day included Topaz Dance School, panto, a wild road show with reptiles and insects as well as therapy dog, Leif, the Irish Wolfhound. There was also a Santa’s Grotto where children had the opportunity to tell Santa what was on their Christmas list and take home a special gift.

Sally Levy, who coordinated the event with their team of volunteers, said:

The Christmas party is always the highlight of our year. It’s an amazing afternoon of fun and activities. For just a few hours the children and their families can forget about hospital and treatments and enjoy festive fun with their families. To see the smiles on all the children’s faces was so special. Huge thanks to all the Christmas party committee who generously volunteered. Events like this can’t happen without support, so we would also like to thank all of the 40 volunteers who gave up their time and everyone who donated funds, gifts and food to help make the day so special.”


*Manchester Christmas party products and services donated by:

  • Cash for Kids
  • Singleton Trading donated gifts
  • Beauty Bay donated gifts
  • Ultimate Products donated gifts
  • Swizzles Matlow donated sweets
  • Ashiana Takeaway donated foods
  • Eurowrap donated gift-wrap
  • Citylabs provided the venue
  • Elite Party and Events Hire provided illuminated signs and dancefloor
  • Bouncey Bounce provided stalls, games and grotto
  • PartyPieces provided air walker balloons