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Venetian restaurant partners with children’s charity to grant magical wishes



Last month, Venetian restaurant, POLPO, donated 100% of the proceeds from every £6.50 kids menu dish sold in its London restaurants to children’s charity, Rays of Sunshine. The menu special raised a total of £987 to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children across the UK.

To celebrate the launch of the new menu, five families were invited to POLPO Covent Garden to enjoy a special pizza making workshop.  The children got to enjoy making their very own pizzas from scratch, picking as many of the delicious toppings as they wanted, before sitting down to enjoy lunch with their families. The children included six-year-old Macie, who is currently living with Cystic Fibrosis, seven-year-old Duygu, who is living with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, eight-year-old Cory, who is currently living with Juvenile Arthritis, eight-year-old Noah, who recently completed treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma, and nine-year-old Arthur who is currently undergoing treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

This exciting new relationship will see POLPO work closely with Rays of Sunshine to grant magical wishes by raising funds throughout the year with special menu promotions. In June, the restaurant also took part in Rays of Sunshine’s summer campaign, Ray for a Day, where they donated £1 every dish sold on their special menu across all their London restaurants.

Izzy England, Head of Brand and Marketing, POLPO, said:

We are thrilled to have raised £987 for Rays of Sunshine through our August holiday campaign. The charity work tirelessly in brightening the lives of seriously ill children across the UK, and we are honoured to support them.”

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added:

“We can’t be more grateful to POLPO for supporting Rays of Sunshine with this special children’s menu and for supporting our summer campaign Ray For a Day. The support and donations are invaluable and will enable us to continue to brighten the lives of brave and deserving seriously ill children across the UK.”

Rays of Sunshine is a national children’s charity brightens up the lives of seriously ill young people across the UK aged three to 18 years old by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes, organising hospital activity days and hosting outings and large scale events for seriously ill children.  For more information about Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit

See more photos from our pizza making workshop below!