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Strictly Come Dancing Head Judge Shirley Ballas adds sparkle to festive-filled event hosted by Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity


THIS WEEKEND, Wembley shone bright when over 650 seriously ill children and their families from across the UK enjoyed a fun-filled day at The Hilton in Wembley, thanks to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity,


Making the event even more special when Strictly Come Dancing head judge, Shirley Ballas, came along to add some extra sparkle. As well as meeting the children and families, she also helped judge the dancing competition. With lots of deserving winners, it was a tough job, and Shirley handed prizes out to all children who took part!

Shirley commented:

“So lovely to visit Rays of Sunshine Charity today and judge their dance competition and meet all the parents, children and staff.”

The event, which was organised by Rays of Sunshine’s team of dedicated London volunteers, provided an afternoon of entertainment, distraction and Christmas-themed fun for the families. During the event, the children got to enjoy a wide-range of activities, including visiting Father Christmas in his grotto, build-a-snowman, dancing and face painting.

In addition, the children also got the chance to design a very special Christmas card which will be sold in Clinton’s stores across the UK in aid of the children’s charity in 2018. Clintons is a corporate partner of the charity and raises funds throughout the year to grant magical wishes.

Amongst the children who attended was Haydn, Bella, Curtis and Phoebe. Afterwards, dads Garry and Kyle said:

Haydn, Bella, Curtis and Pheobe are four very special children – three have complex medical health needs, and their sister Phoebe is a wonderful caring sister.  All four of our children have overcome some pretty horrific situations.

That’s why days like today are so very, very special. The moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty.  Greeted at the door by two very nice gentlemen, working with staff and volunteers to draw Christmas cards, make snow globes, visit Santa, design pencil cases, have our nails painted, hook a duck, throw a hoop – and dance with Snow White – the kids had a ball!  Everything was organised so well – no family had cause to complain, or not be entertained!  

Having a Snow White that could sign as well as show some pretty cool dance moves was heart-warming.

On arriving home, they had to unwrap their Santa presents, check out their craft items they lovingly were helped to make, count the copious number of sweets they were given.  All four will have some lovely stories to share with their friends tomorrow. THANK YOU to you and the whole team of staff and volunteers that made our day so special.” 

See some photos below or click here to see all the images from the event.