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Newry dress store grants teenager’s dream wish

A teenage girl from Yorkshire had her greatest wish granted when she recently visited a Newry dress store where she chose her “dream dress” for her upcoming prom.

Sixteen-year-old Amy from Guisborough, North Yorkshire suffers from a severe illness and thanks to Rays of Sunshine charity, she was able to travel to Rosie’s Closet, located outside Newry, where she was “treated like royalty” in her quest to find her dream dress.

In 2018 Amy was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. She had a tumour on her rib and cancerous fluid around her lung on the right side.  Since then she has endured punishing treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton beam therapy. Thankfully, Amy is now in remission, but will continue to have regular scans for the next few years.  

In a bid to make her wish come true, Rays of Sunshine charity flew Amy and her parents to Northern Ireland to visit her favourite dress shop Rosie’s Closet.  The family was met at their hotel by Rosie Farrell, proprietor of Rosie’s Closet, who whisked them off to her store at Cloughogue. On arrival, Amy was treated to the full VIP treatment, welcomed with a customised balloon and cake, before browsing and choosing the prom dress she had dreamed of.

Sixteen-year-old Amy’s wish was granted at Newry dress store, Rosie’s Closet.

Offering her family appreciation, Amy’s mum, Sarah, said: “Our weekend was absolutely amazing. [Amy] found an absolutely stunning dress, which was nothing like what she had in mind, but just fitted her and looked perfect.  Rosie and the girls treated Amy like royalty.  Nothing could have made our trip any better it was 110% amazing. Thank you Rays of Sunshine and Rosie’s Closet, you definitely granted Amy’s wish!”   

Rosie Farrell, owner of Rosie’s Closet, said the occasion was “the proudest day ever” for her business: “We were absolutely delighted, privileged and honoured to welcome Amy to Rosie’s Closet. We would like to thank Amy for allowing us to be part of her dream day. It is without doubt the proudest day ever for Rosie’s Closet, to be chosen by Amy. The day was all about Amy, and the wonderful charity Rays of Sunshine. Thank you to anyone who has donated or in any way is bringing sunshine to people’s lives. We are sincerely delighted that she got to have the famous snap ‘I said yes to the dress at Rosie’s Closet’ whilst with us on her wish.”

Laura Barnett, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added: “We can’t be more thankful to Rosie’s Closet for helping us grant Amy’s magical prom dress wish. Rosie and her team really pulled out all the stops to make Amy feel like a VIP and ensured that the whole experience of picking her prom dress was special for Amy and her family. Every day of the year, Rays of Sunshine gives brave and deserving children and young people, like Amy, the chance to put their illness on hold and create magical memories and this wish is no exception.”

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community. For more information, or to apply for a wish to be granted, please visit