2018 May Queen spreads Christmas cheer at The Children's Trust

2018’s future Banstead May Queen, Ruby Doohan, brought Christmas cheer and excitement to The Children’s Trust in Tadworth this week.  Ruby, 9, a student of St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Banstead handed out Christmas bubbles to children with brain injuries during a play therapy session.  The children received Christmas gifts as part of Ruby’s first visit to see the good work of The Children’s Trust and learn why they need local support. The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, will be the 2018 Banstead May Queen’s charity of the year, benefiting from funds raised at next May’s prestigious event. Starting in 1985, the Banstead May Queen annual event has become one of the biggest community events in the village, raising just under £150k for Charities across the years.  On average around 30 groups/clubs/schools join in the parade along Banstead High Street and put on entertainment for the community whilst raising vital funds for good causes. This event which attracts locals from Banstead as well as the wider neighbouring towns will kick off at 11:30am next year on Saturday 5 May 2018.  Last year’s event was record breaking for the group and they raised approx £11,000 for Rett UK. Ruby Doohan, 9, set to be May Queen on 5 May 2018 said: “I really loved visiting The Children’s Trust today and catching bubbles on the stick for Elora to pop! The centre is amazing, and I especially loved the sensory tree house and enjoyed the sensory version of the story, The Hungry Caterpillar! We look forward to raising lots of money for them!” Michelle, Doohan, 2018 May Queen Chair said: “It was a real honour to be able to visit the children this week and has made us feel humbled to be able help them.  The hard work of the staff and volunteers is outstanding.  We are committed to raising vital funds for The Children’s Trust and hope local people get behind us to make next year’s May Queen Fayre a great success.” Johdi Avent, Community Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Trust said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Ruby and the Banstead May Queen Group for choosing to support The Children’s Trust this year, and for visiting our specialist centre to see the work we do. Their commitment is greatly appreciated. It’s thanks to the help of our fantastic supporters that we are able to continue to offer support to the 40,000 children and families affected by brain injury across the UK each year.”

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