The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Starlight Children’s Foundation invited 50 children with serious and terminal illnesses to a tea party in the state rooms, which had been transformed for the afternoon. The young guests and their families were greeted by a host of Christmas characters and decorations. The Chancellor of the Exchequer welcomed the children and their families to Downing Street and wished them a happy Christmas, before inviting them to tuck into afternoon tea.
Father Christmas was on hand to take down the children’s Christmas wishes while face painters and entertainers created more Christmas cheer. Then Tree Fu Tom and other celebrities including Geri Halliwell, Frank Lampard and Rupert Grint joined in the festive fun. The children were sent home with goody bags which included Tree Fu Tom DVD’s donated by FremantleMedia Home Entertainment, and Tree Fu Tom books by Random House Children’s publishing.
Neil Swan, chief executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “Starlight’s Children’s Christmas Party at No 11 Downing Street is one of the highlights of the charity’s annual hospital entertainment programme and it was a delight to have Tree Fu Tom at the event. He was a huge hit with all our young guests and we are grateful to him for giving up his time to help entertain these very poorly children.”
Starlight Children’s Foundation is a national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK. This is the fourth year that Starlight has benefited from the Children’s Christmas Party at No 11 Downing Street.
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