ACTRESS and soap star, Lacey Turner has this week been announced as an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine, a children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children and young people across the UK by granting wishes and providing support in hospitals.
As part of her new role, the star, known for her role in popular TV programme EastEnders, will help the charity continue to grant magical wishes, as well as help the charity raise vital funds by supporting its fundraising and increasing the charity’s awareness.
To mark the beginning of her relationship with the children’s charity, Lacey took time to grant a special wish for a young man named Gabriele. Gabriele, 20, from Bedford, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2019 and, as a result, has had to endure chemotherapy treatment. He loves acting and has been a fan of EastEnders for years and his greatest wish was to meet his favourite character, Stacey Slater.
To make his wish become a reality, Rays of Sunshine and Lacey organised for a special video call with Gabriele, where he got to spend time chatting with her and asking lots of questions about acting and her current role. Questions included: ‘Have you always been into acting?’ and ‘Do you think you’re anything like Stacey?’ before signing off by saying he’ll be next to her on set in ten years’ time.
After the call, Lacey commented:
“It was a real honour to grant Gabriele’s wish and it was so lovely to speak to him and his family. To see his strength and positivity was incredibly inspiring and I am delighted to become an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine. As a mum to a young family, I cannot begin to imagine how devastating it must be to hear the news your child is living with a serious illness, which is why the work Rays of Sunshine does to bring joy and hope to those families is so important. I’m really looking forward to helping the charity continue spreading sunshine in the future.”
Lindsey Bennister, Chief Executive Officer of Rays of Sunshine, added:
“We are thrilled to welcome Lacey as an ambassador for the charity. We’re so grateful to her for helping us create magical memories already by granting Gabriele’s wish and we are really excited to work with Lacey in the future to continue brightening lives and bringing joy to those who need it most.”
Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community.
For more information, or to apply for a wish to be granted, please visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk