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14-year-old Ela has makeover wish granted with Rays of Sunshine and OUTFIT

14-year-old Ela, from Rothwell, who is currently living with a condition which causes malignancies, had her greatest wish granted to have a VIP makeover, shopping spree and red carpet experience thanks to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity and OUTFIT, the out-of-town multi-brand retailer from Arcadia.

Ela has suffered from a range of tumours, including one which resulted in the removal of her right eye. To make her dream a reality the teen was invited in to OUTFIT in Hayes to enjoy a makeover and shopping spree, where they helped make her feel every bit a VIP as well as choosing an outfit for her special night out.

The teen, who hopes one day to have a career as an actress or doctor stopped off at a salon in Knightsbridge for some celebrity tips from Rays of Sunshine’s ambassador, fashion model Daisy Lowe. After a quick change, Ela unveiled her brand-new look at a reception held by the charity at Christie’s in St. James’s where celebrity guests including Made in Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli and Ladies of London stars, Juliet Angus and Sophie Stanbury were waiting to greet her.

Ela with Mark-Francis Vandelli at the Rays of Sunshine Art Auction

Ela commented:

“Words can’t describe how amazing this experience has been and how amazing it was to meet the team at Outfit, Juliet, Sophie, Mark and Daisy. Rays of Sunshine go above and beyond for every child.”

Sophie Stanbury (left) and Juliet Angus (right), with Ela

Elisa, Ela’s mum, added:

“Ela had the most amazing time. It’s the positive experiences you provide that make life worthwhile. You do incredible work and you all tried so hard to make Ela’s wish even more than she could ever have hoped for. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Ela’s wish was made possible thanks to Rays of Sunshine’s corporate partners OUTFIT. The exciting relationship enables the charity to grant VIP makeover and shopping wishes for seriously ill children across the UK, as well as fundraising in store.