Harry Potter stars send messages to children with cancer for virtual party

Harry Potter co-stars, Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) have sent special video messages to children affected by cancer, wishing them a magical time at a virtual Harry Potter party being hosted by Children with Cancer UK.

30 July 2020

Evanna Lynch

The virtual party for children affected by cancer and their families will take place on 31 July, in celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday.

The party, hosted via Zoom, will include games, quizzes and magic and a Harry Potter character as host. There will also be a costume competition with a replica of Hermione Granger’s wand for the best dressed.

Fifty families signed up to attend the event hosted by childhood cancer research charity Children with Cancer UK.

Children with Cancer UK Events Manager Samantha Lloyd, said:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have sadly had to postpone or cancel our events and special days out for families affected by cancer this year. However, we are determined to keep supporting children and families when they need it most – and with the help of our partners at StarDust Kids, we hope this virtual Harry Potter party spreads a little joy and magic during these challenging times.

Bonnie Wright commented:

I had such a joy playing Ginny and I am so pleased to hear that you are celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday, Harry would be very pleased that you are doing such a thing. I hope you have a wonderful celebration and I’m sending all my love to you at Children with Cancer UK – happy birthday Harry.

Evanna Lynch said:

This video is for everyone at Children with Cancer UK…I hear that you are celebrating Harry’s birthday today, I wanted to wish you all a happy Harry’s birthday and hope you’re all having a good day and enjoying hanging out with each other. I’m sure you’re all dressed up as Harry Potter characters, I hope there are a few Lunas in there. Have a great time, ace the quizzes and watch out for Nargles – sending you lots and lots of love.

 

Editors’ Notes

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About Children with Cancer UK

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer.

We fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancers and provide support for families affected by childhood cancer. We have accelerated breakthroughs to improve childhood cancer survival rates and find kinder, more effective treatments with fewer toxic side effects. This ground-breaking research, which would otherwise go unfunded, saves the lives of children with cancer.  Children with Cancer UK receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of donations from supporters.

About childhood cancer and Children with Cancer UK’s impact

Every day in the UK, 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer.

Fifty years ago, only 30% of children with leukaemia survived, and for most other forms of childhood cancer survival rates were even lower. Today, thanks to our supporters and the dedication of visionary researchers like those we fund, more than 80% of young patients can be successfully treated. More vital research is needed though as there are still a number of cancers affecting children and young people with low survival rates and life-limiting side effects. Cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

Bonnie Wright