BACTA members raise an extra £8,400 for Rays of Sunshine

Jane Sharpe, Chief Executive from Rays of Sunshine (Centre) and Paul Thomas, MD from Ivor Thomas (right), with ambassadors of the charity, Charlie (left), Cecilia (2nd from left), Caitlin (front) and Jess

The House of Commons’ Terrace Pavilion was a fitting venue to pay tribute to BACTA’s chosen charity, Rays of Sunshine. With overwhelming support from members it was lovely to see the four young ambassadors, who had been helped by the charity, return to tell their story.

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, between the ages of 3 and 18, across the United Kingdom.

Wishes are as unique as the children themselves. They give a child the chance to forget  their illness and do something they could only dream of. Wishes make a child feel extra special and bring them hope and happiness. They also provide families with treasured memories of happy times to look back on.

18 year old Charlie met JLS when he was 13, has visited 10 Downing Street, sung at the Royal Albert Hall and experienced a drive in a Ferrari! Jess met Leona Lewis for a shopping experience, and Caitlin was lucky enough to meet One Direction at Wembley in 2013. Jane Sharpe, Chief Executive of Rays of Sunshine, addressed the BACTA members and praised their ongoing support for the charity.

On a personal note, I was very impressed by the four young ambassadors (who are currently in remission). They took the time out to mix with the BACTA members and tell of their wonderful experiences and the support they have received from the charity – it makes it all worthwhile.

Well done to the BACTA members who have raised £300,000 for Rays of Sunshine to date and who put their hands in their pockets on the night and raised £8,400.