Duchess of Cornwall hosts a festive fun day for disabled and terminally ill children

The Duchess of Cornwall invited a group of disabled and terminally ill children into Clarence House for a festive filled day of fun.

The day consisted of Father Christmas with two reindeers, as well as, the children and their families decorating the Royal family’s Christmas tree, and finally, a fabulous lunch served by Camilla herself.

Since 2007, the Duchess of Cornwall has hosted an annual event for children who have received support from either the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity or the Helen and Douglas House.

The Helen and Douglas House provides medical, emotional and practical support for families to help them cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill child who will die prematurely.

One young boy, Jasper goes to the Helen and Douglas House Hospice for respite care, giving his family, including his nine-year-old sister, a break from 24-hour care.

“He has been going for two or three years now and he loves it. The nurses there are incredible,” said his mother. “The Duchess has been so lovely; she’s a very warm person. Jasper has been really looking forward to coming and it’s been wonderful.”

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded  25 years ago by Felicity Dahl in loving memory of her husband Roald Dahl, the famous children’s author, to improve the lives of those around him.

The charity provides specialist nurses for a range of conditions to ensure all seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need and deserve.

The day meant so much to all of the children and families who attended, one mother said: “It’s just such a wonderful event”.

The Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity has been working with the NHS and has been able to fund 58 specialist nursing posts around the UK; each year more than 12,000 children get the support they desperately need.