Funstation, the UK’s leading family leisure destination, extended its long-standing and generous support for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine hosting a special VIP Day for youngster Daisy-May and her family at the Xscape venue in Milton Keynes. The not to be forgotten experience which included gaming at Funstation, a round of golf at Volcano Falls, a slap-up meal at Pizza Express, which is Daisy-May’s favourite restaurant and a visit to Gravity, was topped off with a £5,000 cheque presentation to the charity whose mission is to brighten the lives of children living with serious illnesses.
In a text book example of what a progressive partnership can achieve Funstation is also promoting Whitehouse Leisure’s Eco Plush toys which are manufactured from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles and which feature in the brand’s claw machines. With 50p from every Eco Plush toy sold donated to Rays of Sunshine, the initiative not only provides funds to help grant more magical wishes to families across the UK but it also helps the environment through the reduction of plastic waste.
Reflecting on both the VIP Day and the broader support of bacta members who have raised more than £500,000 for the charity Davinia Batley, Rays of Sunshine Director of Fundraising and Communications said: “Funstation and bacta have been loyal supporters for many years, and we are incredibly thankful for the work they do in helping us brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
“Their generous donations will help us to grant even more magical wishes when they need it the most. We are so grateful to the team at Funstation for giving Daisy-May and her family a VIP day full of fun – a special experience they won’t forget in a hurry!”
James Miller, Managing Director at Funstation and a former bacta National President confirmed: “Funstation is all about friends and families having fun together. By supporting Rays of Sunshine we are reminding people that other families may not be having such a great time, so by working together alongside our customers we can support the magical work of Rays of Sunshine and help other families also have a good time too.”
“Over half a million pounds raised is a huge sum and Funstation has been at the forefront of bacta’s support for the charity” stated trade association chief executive John White. “We often say that our industry is all about the very serious business of fun and the Funstation experience reflects exactly that. Funstation tops the table when it comes to donations: not only that, hosting ‘wish children’ contributes to the work of Rays of Sunshine in a way that only the amusement machine sector can. I would like to thank everyone who has pulled this day together and the very kind donation from Funstation.”