Children supported by Rainbow Trust join PM at Number 10 to turn on Christmas lights

Children with life threatening or terminal illnesses supported by Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity joined Prime Minister Theresa May at Number 10 Downing Street for the Christmas lights switch on, on Thursday (December 8).

Theresa May welcomed three Rainbow Trust families from Surrey along with youngsters from other charities to watch the festive tree light up outside the famous address from 4.15pm until 5.30pm.

Around 35 excited children and their families huddled round the tree in their festive clothes. Among them were the Dale family from Coulsdon, the Todd family from Guildford, and Cleo Matthews, five, her 13-year-old sister Bo and Mum Jo from Epsom, all supported by Rainbow Trust.

Rainbow Trust has nine care teams of Family Support Workers across England helping families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. They help families at home, in hospital and in the community, making life a little easier.

Francesca Dale visited Number 10 with her older sister Imogen and mother Liz and Rowan Todd was with her sister Petra and dad Will.

Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, said:

“The children and their families were so excited to visit Number 10 Downing Street. We would like to thank the Prime Minister for giving these children an early Christmas present and memories they will cherish.”