Hamley's Dream Day Out
On Sunday the world’s finest toy shop opened its doors exclusively to a very important guest list of dream families, supporters and volunteers from Dreams Come True.
Hamleys of London was a hive of activity as 600 guests including current supporters, corporate partners past and present, and challengers enjoyed a morning exploring all seven floors.
Disney characters Belle, Moana, Ana and Olaf from Frozen taught our guests to hula and walk like princesses. Star Wars Characters including Darth Varder patrolled the floors, meanwhile Batman and Spiderman joined forces to take selfies and wow the crowds.
One family were so excited that their little boy got to meet Father Christmas for the very first time!
Each floor had entertainment including face painters, glitter tattoos and a cartoon artist. Hamleys staff were dressed as elves with magicians, entertainers, a waffle and ice cream stand and toy demonstrators throughout the 7 floors.
The karaoke was a big hit with many renditions from Frozen, All I want for Christmas and a few special singers including, Vicky singing Elvis, Lauren singing Let it Go and Santa Claus singing Jingle Bells.
Special thanks to Hamleys, Tradeweb (event sponsors), Bella Italia, Lexington, Bethany Lavin Photography and our wonderful Dreams Come True volunteers for your support on the day.
The event was magical. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was amazing to see so many of our dream families and supporters there celebrating Dreams Come True.
One very extraordinary moment was when fundraiser Chris Astill Smith met Marquis and family whose dream of watching a Arsenal game came true after Chris’s mammoth fundraiser swimming the channel. Hamley’s is a great event for bringing fundraisers and dream families together to celebrate.
View photos from the day on our Flickr account (credit Bethany Lavin Photography)
Next year it is our big 3-0! We are hoping to have Hamley’s events across the country so even more of the wonderful families we help can have a special day out. Would you be interested in getting involved?