Children with Cancer UK Ball hosts a magical evening at Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios

Guests were escorted through the cinematic experience by characters from the Harry Potter films and into the studio tour where they were able to explore the sets, props and costumes featured in the Harry Potter film series. They walked through the forbidden forest and onto platform 9 ¾ to board the original Hogwarts train, before enjoying a butterbeer and exploring Gringott’s wizarding bank.

One of the young guests in attendance was Sebastian Penney, aged 8, who was diagnosed with cancer of the bowel when he was 18 months old and has been in remission for the past 5 years.

His mother, Natasha, said:

The event was magical – Sebastian had an amazing time just wandering around and having fun. The highlight of his day was seeing friends he made at the Children with Cancer UK ball and giving them a big hug, I think they will be friends for life now. It normalises his treatment and it’s lovely they get to do this and be together at Children with Cancer UK events

Jo Elvin, CEO of Children with Cancer UK, said:

It was very special to welcome so many families to the magical world of Harry Potter, our first in-person Christmas event for three years. Our events are designed to help families from across the UK experience the joy of Christmas, free from hospital visits and treatments, to ease the burden of cancer and give children and their families the opportunity to form support networks

To give the gift of hope to children with cancer this Christmas, donate to Children with Cancer UK.


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About Children with Cancer UK:

Children with Cancer UK is a leading children’s cancer charity dedicated to raising and investing funds into vital specialist research to save the lives of children with cancer. Our mission is to improve survival rates and the quality of survival in young cancer patients and to find ways to prevent cancer in the future. What began as a small memorial charity in 1988, has evolved into a major force raising more than £250 million and investing in over 200 research projects to help fight the injustice of cancer in children.

For more information about Children with Cancer UK, visit

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