Luton teenage burns survivor Shamiam Arif was among VIP guests when she joined the Children’s Burns Club charity Winter Family Fun Day at Legoland recently.
The Challney Girls High student, her parents, siblings and cousins joined more than 73 families at the Windsor resort and theme park which boasts more than 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions offering everything from roller coasters to hands-on Lego building activities.
Shamiam’s favourite was the Pirate Falls Treasure Quest. She said: “It was fun being there with all my family and we had a great time, even though it was so cold.”
The charity supports children and families in London and the South East when a child has had a burns injury.
It organises a variety of workshops, support groups and residential camps to help overcome the impact such an injury can have.
Spokesman Martin Palmer said: “The Winter Family Fun Day is one of the biggest events on our calendar.
“It’s such a large group that everyone can support each other. This is especially beneficial at public venues when vulnerable children can think everyone is looking at them because of their visual difference or disability.”
He added: “We’d like to thank all the dedicated fundraisers, donors and volunteers who made the day possible.”
Shamiam was badly burned as a baby when a candle fell into her cot. She came to this country for life-saving surgery and the family has now received indefinite leave to stay so she can continue her medical treatment.