03 Aug Make-A-Wish
We were delighted when Make-A-Wish UK approached us to help make the wish of 4 year old Victoria Stewart come true. She has the life threatening Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and was fortunate enough to be part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation charity. Her wish was to be a Princess for the day and to dance with a Prince.
On Tuesday 26th July 2011 the Dundas team arrived at the Castle early as there was much to do in anticipation of the ‘royal’ visit. Fiona appeared bedecked in glitter and ribbon, Morvern was laden with sweetie treats, Lisa was covered in Calligraphy ink, Siobhán floated into the car park in a Clio crammed with 20 huge helium balloons and Lucy was eventually found concealed under a mountain of Minnie Mouse and fairytale princess paraphernalia. Preparations had commenced weeks in advance with our Events Coordinator, Morvern, at the helm but the Castle was a hive of activity on the morning of the 26th. Ricarda whistled while she worked as she downloaded the Disney soundtrack, Sir Jacks private cook had been cooking up a storm since the day before, to create a tea party fit for a Princess and the maintenance team had been out planting fairy and princess picture boards around the estate (you’ll see why later).
It was the perfect day for the surprise experience for little Victoria. Prince Charming (Phillip Bayne who is a volunteer for Make-A-Wish) was standing on the front steps of the Castle, along with Jordan Burns our cornet player who was to welcome her with a fairytale fanfare. With the sun shining down, the limousine that was transporting Victoria and her parents, pulled up to the front of the Castle. Her chauffeur had barely fully opened the door before Victoria had leapt from the car and run straight into the arms of her awaiting Prince.