Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood surprises seriously ill children and their families at Winter Wonderland Party
Children, teenagers and their families were treated to a surprise visit by Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood at a Winter Wonderland party at the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park on Sunday 1st November 2015, held by Spread a Smile.
Children and teenagers, along with their families, receiving treatment at University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital were treated to a surprise visit by Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood at the party which included entertainment including magic, an interactive digital graffiti wall, a Lola’s Cupcakes decorating stall, a giant Scalextric track, a fairy grotto, a story tent, dancing, nail bar, face-painting and balloon modelling.
The party was sponsored by Lawsons Timber Merchants and the Marriot Hotel provided rooms for the party for free. Spread a Smile was very grateful to all of those companies and individuals who gave their services or time, in some cases for free, to make the day such a success.
Parker Moss, father of 7-year-old Vanessa said, ‘The party was the most fun per square metre in London. Spread a Smile packed in the highest density of excitement possible.
Josephine Segal, Director of Spread a Smile, commented: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to entertain these incredibly deserving children and their families and shower them with special treats outside of a hospital environment. Spending some quality time together is so important for families at a time when they are going through such a difficult time and thanks to the generosity of many companies, we were able to give them a day to remember.”
Paul Sexton, Managing Director of Lawsons said, ‘Lawsons are incredibly privileged to partner such a wonderful charity. I was very fortunate to be a guest at the Winter Wonderland Party. Spread a Smile is an amazing charity run by wonderful, committed caring people supporting the real heroes, the families and children battling illness. Lawson’s contribution was repaid in full seeing just one child smile. Josephine, Vanessa, Collette and the whole team really do what it says on the tin “Spread a Smile” so much so that we would love to finance next year’s Winter Wonderland Party.’