Party for children with neurofibromatosis

Students from Manchester Met’s department of Psychology have given up their time during the summer break to return to Manchester to support Senior Lecturer, Dr Carly Jim – a trustee of the Childhood Tumour Trust – by volunteering at a party for children with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1).

The party, which took place on Sunday 24 July, was a wonderful opportunity for children with the condition to meet others like them and also for the parents to connect with each other.

A total of eight students supported Carly including her summer intern Abi, who was tasked with the important job of keeping an eye on Ellie, Carly’s 6 year old daughter, and mature student Kathryn who made all of the cupcakes and party bags. The other students helped in various roles including dressing as Disney princesses, arts and crafts table, meet and great and even face painting.

Dr Carly Jim said: “Honestly, I couldn’t have done it without them. They were a credit to me and wonderful ambassadors for Manchester Met.”

Feedback from the party was overwhelmingly positive and one parent said: “It was a fantastic day. Thank you so much.”

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