Hurstpierpoint mother gives others chance of ‘incredible memories’

The Bushnell family visited Lapland SUS-151203-142442001
The Bushnell family visited Lapland SUS-151203-142442001

A mother has completed a gruelling nine hour spinning session to raise funds for a charity which granted her daughter’s wish.

Nadia Bushnell, 44, from Hurstpierpoint has raised money for Starlight children’s charity which gave Daisy and her family a trip to Lapland to visit Father Christmas.

Daisy, 11, who attends St Lawrence School in Hurstpierpoint, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was nine.

Nadia said: “Daisy was diagnosed with a brain tumour and underwent a lot of radiotherapy.

“Daisy and her sister, Dotty, have always wanted to see where Santa lives so this is what Daisy wished for and Starlight organised for us to go to Lapland just before Christmas.

“The wish was absolutely amazing and there’s nothing that can top it.

Daisy Bushnell SUS-151203-142503001

Daisy Bushnell SUS-151203-142503001

“It was like being in Narnia and Daisy loved every second. From beginning to end it was truly magical.

“I wanted to fundraise for Starlight to give other sick children and their families the opportunity to go on incredible wishes and create memories that they can think back on in times to come.

“We also wanted to raise money for a great local charity called The Starr Trust which also helps disadvantaged kids and young people living all over Sussex.

“I’ve been completely overwhelmed by everyone’s support for the spinathon and people have been extremely generous.”

The wish was absolutely amazing and there’s nothing that can top it.

Nadia Bushnell, Hurstpierpoint

The spinning challenge was held at Virgin Active in Brighton on March 7 with Daisy, her dad Simon, brother Edward and her grandparents cheering Nadia on.

Nadia’s spinathon has raised £8,000, which will be split equally between Starlight Children’s Foundation and The Starr Trust which helps youngsters fulfil their potential in sports, arts and education.

A spokesman for The Starr Trust said: “Hundreds of people came along to this fantastic event – children enjoyed face painting and entertainment while the adults were given lots of treats to keep them spinning.

“Over one hundred local businesses and individuals from across Sussex supported the event through donations, sponsorship and gifting some fantastic raffle prizes.

“This was a real Sussex community enterprise and the Starr Trust and Starlight are so grateful to everyone who gave up their time and offered their support both before and during this incredibly fun and worthwhile event.”

Starlight grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children in the UK.