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Phillips family from Leeds raise £5,000 for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity


An 11-year old and his family from Leeds have raised an amazing £5,000 for Rays of Sunshine. Harry Phillips and his family hosted a fantastic fundraising Ball at Oulton Hall in Leeds earlier in the year, following the 11-year-old having his own wish to meet his idol, Dynamo, granted in 2014.

Harry, from Leeds, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in November 2012. Due to his condition, Harry had to endure intense chemotherapy and regular visits to the hospital. It was during this time that his parents, Karen and Andrew, applied to Rays of Sunshine to grant his greatest wish; to meet his idol and world-famous magician, Dynamo.

Harry’s parents bought him a magic set when he was first admitted to hospital, since then magic has become a big part of his life. Magic is his first real passion and he absolutely loves Dynamo.  Rays of Sunshine organised for Harry and his family to travel to London to for a special meet and greet with the man himself and Harry even got chance to show off some of his own magic skills.

Harry + Dynamo

Thankfully, Harry has now finished his treatment and the family wanted to hold a fundraising event to help more children, like Harry, who want to put their illness on hold for a day and have their own greatest wish granted.

The evening was a huge success and saw entertainment from Tom the Magic Guy and party band Heroes, as well as the young magician himself, Harry, who also showed off his skills for the guests. Amazingly, the family and their guests managed to raise an incredible £5,000 which will help Rays of Sunshine and their families.

After the event Andrew Phillips, Harry’s father, commented:

“Thank you to everyone who supported us at our event at Oulton Hall in aid of Rays of Sunshine. The generosity of friends and family never ceases to amaze.”

Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added:

“The money Harry and his family raised will help Rays of Sunshine fund magical wishes for seriously ill children, for which we can’t be more thankful. Harry and his family are very much a part of the Rays of Sunshine family and we’re so grateful to them for putting on such a fantastic event.”