POORLY children have been treated to a magical day with a difference at Alton Towers.
Merlin’s Magic Wand invited 100 children from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) as their guests for a day out at the popular theme park.
The charity is dedicated to bringing enjoyment into the lives of children who have experienced disadvantages either through ill health or socially and, since its launch in 2008, children have been given free tickets to attractions run by Merlin Entertainments.
Ian Crabbe, divisional director for Alton Towers, said: “This was another magnificent event and it really underlines how important our charity is.
“Since it launched in 2008, our employees have raised more than £130,000 and we have sent out almost 26,000 tickets to children and invited them to spend time with us here.”
Families from Uttoxeter and Tean where among those enjoying the day out.
Emma Robertson, UHNS charity deputy manager added: “The UHNS Charity has been supported by Merlin’s Magic Wand in the past so when the children’s oncology team asked if we could help with getting tickets for their day out, we knew who to ask.
“What we didn’t expect was the added extras that they have put on which includes refreshments and a rest area for the children and their families to use throughout the day.
“We’re delighted that Merlin’s Magic Wand has been able to do this for these very deserving children, who are now guaranteed to have a fabulous day out at Alton Towers.”