Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 13:00

The Eden Project welcomed more than 125 young cancer patients and their friends and family to the ice rink on Saturday (October 20) following a tea-party in the Eden Bakery.

The excited group were among the first to sample this winter's ice rink at Eden, skating on its opening day. They included a mixture of children from two years up to 18 years who use the oncology services at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro.

The young patients, some of whom are still receiving treatment and others in remission, used the opportunity to meet up and socialise with friends they made during their stay at the hospital.

The families of the patients spent time meeting other people whose lives have been affected by cancer, building new support networks.

The Oncology Unit consultants, paediatric doctors and CLIC Sargent nurses also whizzed around the ice with the children and their families.

The event was organised by the hospital, Eden and children's charity the Starlight Foundation, which brightens the lives of more than a million poorly children every year in the UK by funding memorable trips and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Deborah Charles, Treliske Hospital Play Specialist, 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."

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

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