Daisy enjoys charity Easter party with Hurstpierpoint family

  • A family from Hurstpierpoint were invited to a charity party in London
  • Daisy, 11, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour was invited by Starlight Children’s Foundation

An 11-year-old girl has enjoyed fun, laughter and chocolate with her family at a charity Easter Party.

Daisy Bushnell, from Hurstpierpoint, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was nine.

The whole family really enjoyed the escape, thank you Starlight!

Simon Bushnell

The St Lawrence’s School pupil was one of 43 young guests chosen to attend a party organised by Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity which grants wishes for children and young people with serious and terminal illness.

Hosted at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London on March 30, the Easter event provided an afternoon of games and entertainment for children and their families.

Daisy has since been receving radiotherapy treatment for her illness.

Starlight granted her wish to meet Father Christmas in Lapland last year, which her family described as ‘truly magical’.

Daisy attended the Easter party with her parents, Simon and Nadia, her brother, Ted, 17, and her sister, Dotty, 2.

Simon, Daisy’s father said: “It was a wonderful day; The Roof Gardens are such a unique place, it was hard to get your head around the fact you were actually in London.

“The whole family really enjoyed the escape, thank you Starlight!”

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Taking over the English Woodland Garden were garden games for all the family to enjoy, from chess to giant Jenga.

“There were also magicians, face painters and balloon artists to keep the families entertained and a delicious barbeque in the Tudor Garden.

“The highlight of the Easter party was the Easter egg hunt in the English Gardens with the Easter bunny himself.”

Sam Wilson, general manager of The Roof Gardens, said they felt ‘privileged’ to be able to support such a ‘worthy and wonderful’ charity.

He added: “It was an absolute delight to see the families enjoy themselves and put their worries to one side for the afternoon and I’m so pleased The Roof Gardens could be a part of it.”

Neil Swan, chief executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “As the Easter holidays can be a particularly gloomy time for children undergoing treatment in hospital, Starlight was delighted to partner with The Roof Gardens to bring some much-needed Easter cheer to a group of seriously and terminally ill children.

“The event was a great success and it was wonderful to see lots of excited faces and beaming smiles as the children hunted for Easter eggs in the fabulous setting of The Roof Gardens.

“A huge thank you to the Roof Gardens team for making such a special day possible for the second year running.”