Families from two Cornish charities were treated to a special preview of the Tunnel of Lights attraction at Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum.

The magical outing was aimed at families under the care of Children's Hospice South West and Penhaligon’s Friends, both providing support for life-limiting conditions and bereavement.

The Tunnel of Lights event, held prior to general admission, allowed families some quality time away from regularly scheduled care routines and appointments.

Among the visitors were bereaved parents and siblings still receiving support from hospices following the loss of a family member.

The gesture of goodwill was also extended to Palinhaligon’s Friends, a child bereavement charity aiding over 1000 children and their families after the loss of a loved one in Cornwall.

Sarah Paull from St Columb Major, accompanied by her twin daughters Sienna and Scarlet, described the event as a greatly valuable experience for her family.

Ms Paull said: "This was a great opportunity to make a lasting Christmas memory when often children like ours are in and out of hospital with complications from winter illness.

"Sienna could be lifted out of her wheelchair and sit in the sleigh with support, taking in all the colours and Christmas music, without saying a word you could see the delight in her eyes and her smile was beaming!

"I will never forget that moment and how thankful I am a local business offered this opportunity to Little Harbour families."

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Lynné Raubenheimer, the production manager at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, spoke enthusiastically about the museums initiative.

She said: "The Tunnel of Lights is a truly magical, immersive experience that really is the most festive place in Cornwall.

"So, it’s the perfect place for these families to enjoy a break from difficult times and enjoy some time and space to make some lasting memories together at this special time of year."

More information about the supporting charities, Children’s Hospice South West and Penhaligon’s Friends can be located at chsw.org.uk and penhaligonsfriends.org.uk respectively.