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Christmas comes early for children at our annual Christmas Party, an afternoon of festive fun with special guests from Miss World

The London Christmas Party is organised by a group of dedicated volunteers & is an annual event for seriously ill children and their families across the south of the UK


THIS WEEKEND, more than 360 Rays of Sunshine children and their families enjoyed a fun-filled day at an exclusive Christmas party at The Tower Hotel in London. Extra magic was added through the attendance of special guests from Miss World, including reigning Miss World, 2016 Miss World and 2019 contender, Miss England.

From a creation stations of bear-building, t-shirt decorating, slime making, Go Get Glitter, face painting, biscuit decorating, nail art, and even a disco to get the whole family dancing, the party was jam-packed and full of fun for the families.  If this wasn’t enough, the children could also enjoy taking pictures in the fun photo booth, video games and eating lots of party food, including candy floss and popcorn.

Adding extra magic to the afternoon by joining in the dance competition and helping at the pop up nail bar were special guests, reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 2016 Miss World Stephanie Del Valle and 2019 Miss England, junior doctor Dr Bhasha Mukherjee who is competing for the Miss World title on 14th December.

Live entertainment on the day included a magician, characters, and a Santa’s Grotto where children had the opportunity to tell Santa what’s on their Christmas list this year and take home a special gift.

This year Rays of Sunshine was extremely grateful to receive generous donations from companies across the UK, including Hasbro, Skinny Dip, Mars Wrigley Confectionary UK, Bunzl and Yiannimize.

Mandy Lee and Melissa Vandermolen, 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 – Claire, Claudia, Jane, Jennifer, Louise and Mel who generously volunteered. Events like this can’t happen without support, so we would also like to thank all of the 90 volunteers who gave up their time to help make the day so special.

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, also commented:

“It’s amazing to be able to bring together so many of our wish families in London for this special festive party. You can see from the smiles on everyone’s faces just how much fun everyone had at the party. Every day of the year, Rays of Sunshine works hard to create precious memories and this Christmas party is no exception.  A huge thanks must go to our Melissa, Mandy and our team of passionate and dedicated London based volunteers for putting on another magical event.”


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