NINE-YEAR-OLD Blisse Mellens enjoyed an ultimate Princess birthday party when the Rays of Sunshine children’s charity granted her birthday wish.

The Barry youngster, who attends Ysgol y Deri, in Penarth, lives with Periventricular Nodular Hetertopia and Polymicrogyria, a condition that causes abnormal development of the brain.

She lives with epilepsy, uses a wheelchair, and also suffers from movement disorders that restrict her from walking, talking, and eating.

Despite her condition, Blisse has a very active imagination and loves bright colours, lights, and listening to music, especially Disney music.

As she is non-verbal and has a developmental delay, Blisse is a sensory seeker who loves to see and listen to big Disney performances.

To make her wish of having a big Disney Princess party become a reality, Rays of Sunshine Wish ambassador, Sophie Washington, worked closely with Blisse’s family to organise a day full of bright Disney Princess fun.

Blisse’s family and friends were joined by princesses, Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel and Elsa.

There was also face painting, balloon modelling, multisensory music performances, and a special soft play area, where Blisse was able to play with the princesses out of her wheelchair.

Blisse’s mum, Laura said: “Each birthday is milestone for Blisse and even though she was struggling with her seizures that day and wasn't feeling too well, I'm so grateful to have lovely pictures of her and all her friends.

“The entertainment was amazing, and all the children enjoyed it.

“Thank you to Rays of Sunshine for allowing us to have a fabulous birthday that we will always treasure.”

Sophie Washington, Rays of Sunshine wish ambassador, added: "It was an absolute pleasure to help organise Blisse's wish.

“I'd like to say a massive thank you to Fantasia and Melody Meadows, also known as Belle and Rapunzel, and photographer Charlie Dearman for giving up their time to make Blisse's wish come true.

“I couldn't have done it without you all.

Thanks also to Mandy at the Barry Masonic Hall, Dave at KeyCreate, Alana and Linda at Brushes and Balloons, and Helen at Soft Tots Soft Play for helping to make Blisse's party truly special. Rays of Sunshine is an incredible charity, and I'm honoured to be a part of it."

For information about Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity and its work or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit