Flamingo Amusements on Hastings seafront hosted a VIP fun day on 7 September to celebrate Bacta’s Tickets2Wishes campaign, organised for local families supported by the Rays of Sunshine charity.
Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, who announced her resignation from the Cabinet later that day, was present at the event which saw a cheque for £10,000 delivered to the children’s charity from funds raised by all Luxury Leisure Talarius seaside businesses across the country so far in 2019.
“Tickets2Wishes is a fantastic initiative set up by the Bacta charitable trust to raise funds for Rays of Sunshine,” said Amber Rudd. “It’s been an honour to join Khodi and Samuel this weekend for their VIP family fun day, and to see just how this initiative is helping families and children living with such difficult conditions.”
The Khodi and Samuel Rudd spoke about were four-year-old Khodi and 15-year-old Samuel who attended with their families, after Rays of Sunshine granted their wishes to visit Disneyland.
Hosts Flamingo Amusements – part of the Luxury Leisure Talarius group – were delighted with the occasion. Kevin Dixon, area manager for Luxury Leisure Talarius, said “We are excited to host this VIP day in Hastings and plan a special day for these two families. We collect tickets from our six seaside arcades across the country.”
The Tickets2Wishes is proving a popular charity initiative for Bacta members. The association’s president James Miller explained: “Bacta members provide fun and entertainment to millions of friends and families each year and by donating through the Tickets2Wishes scheme we can all grant some fun and amazing memories to deserving Rays of Sunshine families across the country.”
To date, Bacta members have raised £500,000 through its charitable trust and granted the wishes of 21 seriously ill children across the UK.