- Dozens of children are feared to have been left with badly burned faces
- Reactions occured after children had their faces painted at Hull City Hall
- Seven-year-old girl has been left with a sore, red butterfly on her cheek
- And her nine-year-old cousin has rugby team logo branded on his face
By John Hall
PUBLISHED: 06:49 GMT, 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 21 February 2014
A number of children have been left 'branded' with marks that will not wash off after having their faces painted at a council-run family event.
Dozens of children are feared to have been left with badly marked skin after suffering reactions to paint following the ProudParents Fun Day at City Hall in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Monday.
One seven-year-old girl has been left with a painful butterfly design burned onto her face after the event, while her nine-year-old cousin was left with a logo of his favourite rugby team on his cheek.
Branded: Rhys Ablett, 9, (left) was left with the imprint of his favourite rugby league team on his face. His cousin Millie Bradley, 7, (right) has a butterfly design burned onto her cheek
Before the burn: The pair had been excited to have their faces painted during an event at Hull City Hall
Rhys Ablett asked to have the name of his favourite rugby league team, Hull FC, drawn on his at the event earlier this week, but was surprised to find it wouldn't properly wash off the following morning.
His mother Kerry Bradley, 33, said: 'I washed it off on Monday night and his face looked fine but he woke up the next morning and his cheek was bright red.'
'At first, I thought I'd rubbed it off a bit hard but then on Wednesday it was even worse... I took him to the minor injuries unit because it looked really agitated. It was bright red and raised, like someone had scratched it or branded it onto him and he said it was sore,' she added.
'He was given an antihistamine and they said to put a cold compress on if it gets worse... It's awful as a parent to see your child like this', Ms Bradley went on.
'He's been really embarrassed about it and he didn't want to go to football training on Wednesday night because he thought all the kids would laugh at him, she said.
Ms Bradley's niece, seven-year-old Millie, had a butterfly painted on her cheek and has also been left with suspected chemical burns.
Her mother Donna Bradley, 32, said: 'Throughout Tuesday it just got worse and worse... It looks like it's the black paint which has marked her face so it must be an ingredient used in that colour.'
'I took her straight to the doctors on Tuesday and they said it could be chemical burns or it could be an allergic reaction,' she added.
'I don't see how it's an allergic reaction when we know at least ten other children who have experienced the same thing,' she went on.
Both children were left with 'brands' on their cheeks after the face paint was washed off
Scene: The children had their faces painted during the ProudParents Fun Day at City Hall (pictured) in Hull, East Yorkshire, on Monday
Ms Bradley said Millie has had her face painted a number of times without a problem, but after what's happened this time she won't let her have it done again.
'I won't take the risk. It's been very upsetting and I'm just relieved it should heal within a few days', she said.
'I dread to think how many kids this has happened to because there was loads of children there and the queue for the face paints was huge,' she added,
Ms Bradley said she contacted the man who painted the children's faces, who told her he has never had any problems before.
He is now contacting the face paint manufacturers to see if an ingredient could have reacted with the children's skin.
Ms Bradley said: 'He has been very helpful but people need to be made aware of what happened, in case it has happened to their children.'
Some parents have made comments about the problem on Facebook and contacted each other to seek advice, according to Ms Bradley.
Rachel Roberts, of Hull City Council, told the Sun that 500 children had their faces painted on Monday and there had only been three complaints.
She said: 'Work has begun to test the product and ingredients, working with the trader and complainants.'
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