If you use local Facebook groups, you may have seen a story about a five-year-old girl from Basildon called Ava whose Halloween was ruined when heartless thugs destroyed a pumpkin that she had spent hours making with her mum Charlotte.
Here was the original post that was met with an angry reaction online – WARNING: strong language (and justifiably so):
Shortly after this post went online, the local satirical news website Southend News Network put out an appeal to try and organise a ‘Princess Afternoon Tea’ to try and help the distressed youngster forget about this terrible experience.
it didn’t take long for the good people of Southend to start flooding their inbox with offers, and within just a couple of hours it had all been arranged!
Carol Carr owns the ATTIC café on Eastern Esplanade in Southend, and she offered to set up a special princess-themed afternoon tea complete with arts and crafts activities for Ava and her mum – she often hosts these events at her seafront venue.
All that was needed was a princess, and Gina at Oops & Daisies managed to arrange for Tara Urquhart of princessperfection.co.uk to come along as the ‘Sea Princess’ to make the whole tea even more magical – we can’t say who this character is based upon for copyright reasons, but it goes without saying that she is friendly with a little crab fellow!
As you will see from the pictures, the afternoon was a huge success, and hopefully she has forgotten all about her Halloween horror now.
ATTIC owner Carol Carr said: ‘It was really emotional to see how happy she was. I’m happy that her Halloween nightmare is a distant memory now.’
The Sea Princess, AKA Tara added: ‘The Sea Princess from Princess Perfection had a fabulous time with Ava today.’
‘Ava was a lovely and polite little girl, and it was such a pleasure to meet her. The Sea Princess helped her make a crown, painted her nails and gave her a glitter tattoo.’
‘The ladies at ATTIC were very welcoming and put on such a lovely afternoon tea for Ava.’
‘Thank you to ATTIC, Oops and Daisies and Southend News Network for inviting the Sea princess to this special afternoon tea for Ava.’
Speaking after the tea, mum Charlotte said: ‘She had the best day! Thank you so, so much!’
The generosity of the community didn’t end there. The day after her pumpkin was attacked, a number of well-wishers in Basildon got together and made sure that she arrived home from school to find all of these!
Editor’s Note: HUGE thank again to everyone involved who made this possible!
Oops & Daisies – Facebook