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Young cancer patients enjoy a night at Eden

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

Jay Hensby, 4, expertly negotiates the ice with plastic penguin 'Pingo'

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Clinging to Pingo the plastic penguin young Jay Hensby had a marvellous time on the ice at the Eden Project.

The four-year-old was just one of 125 young cancer patients and their families and friends who enjoyed a special party at the eco-attraction.

Jay, from nearby St Austell, said: "I absolutely loved pushing the penguin on the ice, it was a really good day."

Before wrapping up warm for a turn around the rink the group tucked in at a tea-party in the Eden Bakery.

The group included children aged from two-years-old all the way up to 18 who use the Oncology Unit at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro. Consultants from the unit joined paediatricians and CLIC Sargent nurses on the ice. The event was organised by the hospital, Eden and children's charity the Starlight Foundation.

Deborah Charles, a play specialist at the hospital, said: "It was fantastic to see the children and their families having a great time on the ice rink at Eden and lovely watching their doctors, nurses and consultants have a whirl too.

"Huge thanks to the Starlight Foundation and Eden for helping to make this great day happen, it's been a really special event."

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