Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:30

Yesterday evening (Friday, October 18) the Eden Project welcomed in more than 100 young cancer patients along with their friends and family for a special skate on the ice rink, ahead of its official opening on Saturday.

The group, who had a party tea in the Eden Bakery before taking to the rink, included a mixture of children and young people aged from three to 24 years old, who use, or have recently used the Oncology services at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.

The event was an opportunity for the young patients, some of whom are still receiving treatment while others are in remission, to meet up with friends they made during their stay in hospital.

For the families of the patients, the event gave them a chance to meet other people in similar situations and build up support networks.
Consultants, paediatric doctors and CLIC Sargent nurses also joined the children and their families on the ice.

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: "We help to arrange lots of events and trips for our young patients throughout the year and this is one of their absolute favourite activities. We're really pleased that the Starlight Foundation and Eden could help to make this lovely day happen again.

Garvey Evans, aged 14 from Foxole, said: It's so much fun on the ice and great to be one of the first people to have a go on the new rink.

The rink opens for its tenth year on Saturday, October 19 and will be in place throughout the winter until Sunday, March 2. Since 2004, well over half a million people have enjoyed Eden's ice rink, which is situated right in the heart of the project.

This year there will be a range of new sessions, including ice discos and rookie skate sessions, along with the return of popular favourites such as toddler ice play and Chilly Penguins, which is full of races and games for older children.

For more information on the ice rink, go to: www.edenproject.com/ice-skating