EastEnders Star Visits Rainbows

EastEnders actress, Rakhee Thakrar, from Leicester, visited Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People to meet the inspirational families and staff.

The 31 year old, who plays Shabnam Masood in the hit BBC One show, joined in with arts activities with the children, took part in a special TV quiz with the young people and even met the Rainbows Choir. Rakhee also stopped sign autographs and take photos with families.

Speaking during her visit, Rakhee, whose character in the show is currently at the centre of a major pregnancy storyline, said: “What a special day. Meeting the children and young people was amazing. I never expected a hospice to be so happy, it really is a place where families can make memories.”

Talking about the care team, Rakhee said: “The staff at Rainbows are incredible. It’s amazing how much actually goes on at the hospice and how far the staff go to make things happen. Really and truly inspiring.”

Julie Macauley, family liaison worker at Rainbows, said: “Rakhee was fantastic, she really took the time to talk to the children, young people and staff. They were absolutely delighted to meet her.”

She continued, “I think for anyone who visits the hospice, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But Rakhee took it all in her stride and promised everyone she would pop back to see them next time she has break from filming.”