VIDEO: Children have a ball at Mad Hatter's Party in Portsmouth

Hundreds of children enjoyed a party in Portsmouth - all arranged to put a smile on the faces of sick and disabled children from across the area.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 12:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 12:59 pm
Children throughout the Portsmouth area who have long-term illness enjoy The Mad Hatters party which is held once a year at The Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. Charlie Brooks and Fred Dinenage with the children.
Picture Ian Hargreaves  (160353-9)
Children throughout the Portsmouth area who have long-term illness enjoy The Mad Hatters party which is held once a year at The Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. Charlie Brooks and Fred Dinenage with the children. Picture Ian Hargreaves (160353-9)

Scores of families joined the 15th Mad Hatter’s Party, held at the Marriott Hotel in North Harbour on Sunday.

Each year, people from all walks of life pitch in to throw a party for youngsters from the cancer wards at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Southampton General Hospital and other specialist care centres such as The Rainbow Centre in Fareham.

This year’s guest was EastEnders actress and ‘Queen of the Jungle’, Charlie Brooks.

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Children throughout the Portsmouth area who have long-term illness enjoy The Mad Hatters party which is held once a year at The Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. Charlie Brooks and Fred Dinenage with the children. Picture Ian Hargreaves (160353-9)

And there was plenty more on show, from Star Wars characters, Disney princesses – and even a polar bear.

Children throughout the Portsmouth area who have long-term illness enjoy The Mad Hatters party which is held once a year at The Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. Charlie Brooks and Fred Dinenage with the children. Picture Ian Hargreaves (160353-9)