Nadia was a princess for day in Leamington and Warwick thanks to Rays of Sunshine charity

Dreams came true for a seriously-ill little girl who visited Leamington and Warwick to have her wishes granted over the weekend.

Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 3:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th January 2017, 3:27 pm
Nadia Bartnik rides a unicorn in Leamington.

Dreams came true for a seriously-ill little girl who visited Leamington and Warwick to have her wishes granted over the weekend.

Thanks to the charity Rays of Sunshine three-year-old Nadia Bartnik from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, got to be a princess for the day when she was treated to a ‘Royal Makeover’ including hair-styling and a manicure at the Raspberry salon in Augusta Place.

She then enjoyed an exclusive ride around Leamington on a unicorn.

Nadia Bartnik meets Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

Following her magical ride, Nadia and her family were taken to Warwick Castle, where they were treated to a private tour of the castle and an overnight stay in the Rose Tower Suite in the 14th century Caesar’s Tower.

In addition to this, Nadia had a surprise visit from two of Disney’s most famous Princesses, Anna and Elsa from the 2013 film Frozen.

They shared a special princess tea with Nadia and read her bedtime stories before heading home to look after Olaf.

Nadia’s mother Ewa said: “Thank you to Rays of Sunshine for a magical weekend.

Nadia Bartnik meets Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

“We all had an amazing time, especially Nadia who was one happy princess.

“We’d also like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who helped this weekend and made it all so special.

“We went home with big smiles on our faces.”

Nadia has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rare cancer of the white blood cells which has resulted in her needing Chemotherapy and she continues to take Steroids.

Due to her Chemotherapy, Nadia has a very low immune system which restricts her from taking part in the typical activities of children her age as she is at high risk of infection.

Despite what she has been through, Nadia has been described as a happy and caring little girl who never complains about her regular hospital visits.

Being a princess for a day was her greatest wish.

Rays of Sunshine brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children, including The Rays of Sunshine Concert.

Marion Burns, co-owner of Raspberry, said staff members Ashleigh Cotton and Amy Gough organised the makeover and unicorn ride and that the salon had worked alongside charities helped to grant wishes for several children.

She said: “We get hundreds of children in the salon each week but when we see those with serious illnesses it really makes you appreciate how lucky the others are.

“But we just put our game faces on and make it as magical an experience as possible for the youngsters.”

For more information about Rays of Sunshine or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit