Boy who switched on Rugby’s Christmas lights enjoys day out at Downing Street

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THE boy who switched on Rugby’s Christmas lights has enjoyed a magical Christmas day out in Downing Street.

Seven-year-old Eamon Donnison, from Bilton, has suffered from acute myeloid leukaemia and bravely battled it for three years since being diagnosed in 2009. He was given the all-clear in September and is now in full remission.

Eamon, an Abbots Farm Junior pupil, was invited to London, along with 40 other seriously ill children, by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Starlight Children’s Foundation, which grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. 

Away from the confines of the hospital ward, the children and their families enjoyed a spectacular tea party in the state rooms, which had been transformed into Santa’s toy shop for the afternoon. 

Marian Donnison, Eamon’s grandmother, accompanied him on the day. She said: “It was an absolutely brilliant experience and every single child who went along had fun.

“Eamon’s favourite bit was when he got to make some presents in the work shops – he made a headband for his mum, a door hanger and a Christmas bauble. There was also a fantastic spread put on for us at 11 Downing Street, where Mr Osborne spent some time with the children. Both Starlight and everyone at Downing Street did a fantastic job.”

The children were joined by a number of special guests, which included Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, X Factor singer Ella Henderson, boy band and recent chart wonder Lawson and singers Jamelia and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Mr Osborne said: “Starlight is a fantastic charity and what is so exciting is that this party in 11 Downing Street kicks off parties in hospitals across Britain for kids who need cheering up at Christmas.

“I’m absolutely delighted that I can do what I can to help and turn my home over for the afternoon to this fantastic cause.”

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