Magical party for brave Hassocks children

Daisy Bushnell, George Osborne and Pixie Lott
Daisy Bushnell, George Osborne and Pixie Lott

Three children from the Hassocks area who are battling serious illnesses were guests at a special Christmas party held in Downing Street.

Five-year-olds Amelia Fox and Hugo Cave and 11-year-old Daisy Bushnell mingled with the stars at Number 11 – the home of the chancellor of the cxchequer – for the Starlight Christmas party.

George Osborne and his team have been helping Starlight Children’s Foundation bring festive cheer to the young guests.

Daisy, Amelia and Hugo were among 45 other children who attended the star-studded party.

“Daisy Bushnell was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2014 and has since undergone intensive chemotherapy treatment,” said a spokeswoman for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

“She has recently had her wish granted to go to Lapland with her family.

“Hugo Cave suffers from cerebrovascular disease and has suffered multiple strokes in his short life. He has had many stays in hospital and is hoping to have his Starlight wish granted next year.”

In October 2013 Amelia was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer which affects the liver. She will have her wish of a lifetime next year to go to Disneyland Paris granted by Starlight’s Children Foundation.

Amelia said she loves Disney characters, especially Tinkerbell and Minnie Mouse and is really hoping to see the characters when she goes on her trip.

George Osborne said he looks forward to the Starlight party every year.

“I am so pleased that we can host the party and brighten the lives of some very poorly children and their families.

“We are also very lucky to have the support of so many celebrities who make this day very special for our young guests.

“It has been wonderful for me to be able to spend time with some of these remarkable children.”

As well as granting wishes Starlight provides entertainment for poorly children in hospitals, hospices and for those having treatment at home.

Actress and Starlight co-founder Emma Samms said: “This is such a joyous occasion at what I know is a difficult time for the families.

“Being able to forget about their illness and treatment even for a short time must be huge relief to the children.”

She said she was ‘immensely grateful to the Chancellor for hosting the party.

Geri Halliwell, Pixie Lott and X Factor singer Lauren Platt were among the stars at the party.