Village teenager makes magic for sick children

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A CHARITY founded by a Loxwood teenager held a magical Christmas party for very poorly children at Hamleys in London.

Meg Bhari, 16, who is seriously ill herself and has suffered 23 operations in three years, set up Believe in Magic in August to bring some sparkle into the lives of very sick and terminally ill children.

Recently she invited them to the famous toy store in London. “The party at Hamleys was a very magical experience and it was so lovely to see the faces of all the children when they met Father Christmas,” she said.

“Although the children are so poorly they all had a fantastic time and lots of fun.

“After meeting Father Christmas and having a special breakfast playing games with his Elves, the children went to Build-A-Bear in Hamleys to choose and make their own special teddy and a lovely outfit to dress them in.

“It was a really lovely day and a wonderful chance for the children to have fun and forget about being poorly, and even though some of the children were only allowed out of hospital for a few hours to attend the party they were all full of smiles and magic.

“Running Believe in Magic takes a lot of hard work but is so incredibly worth it to see the children so happy and give them a chance to forget about being poorly for a little while.

“We have another wonderful party for 30 children in February which will be taking up the whole of Hamleys Toy Store, which will be such a magical day for the children and we’re all so excited for it!”

Believe in Magic Children’s Charity has grown incredibly quickly and as well as wonderful parties, they provide magical and once in a lifetime experiences to seriously and terminally ill children across the UK.

Fundraising and donations are very important parts of Believe in Magic and one way they raise money is from selling Believe in Magic wristbands. Harry Styles from the band One Direction wears his all the time.

Lots of celebrities including Olly Murs, Fearne Cotton, Professor Green, Vernon Kay, Reggie Yates, and the Harry Potter, the Inbetweeners and The Only Way Is Essex cast all wear the Wristabands and they are sold all over the world, including Australia, Singapore and Canada.

Believe in Magic has two overseas challenges, including a trek to Kilimanjaro and a London to Paris bike ride. More information on the overseas challenges, to donate or to buy wristbands please take a look at the website at www.believeinmagic.co.uk.