Starlight is the UK’s leading wish-granting children’s charity
Starlight is best known for granting once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children throughout the United Kingdom. Seventy percent of children who experience a Starlight Wish go on to make a full recovery and many parents say they believe that the excitement and anticipation of the wish helped their child pull through.
Happy children really do respond better to treatment, and so everything Starlight does is aimed at distracting children from the pain, fear and isolation they can often feel as a result of their illnesses.
Together with healthcare professionals, the charity also runs a programme of year-round entertainment and distraction which helps over 500,000 children every year in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
Starlight makes it possible for children to:
- cheer, boo and hiss their way through Starlight Pantomimes
- forget their pain and worry at Starlight Parties
- play games and watch films on Starlight Fun Centres
- take their minds off treatment with Starlight Distraction Boxes
- enjoy much-needed breaks from hospital on Starlight Escapes
The charity now supports children with every possible illness – leukaemia and other cancers, heart disease, cystic fibrosis and other genetic conditions, to name just a few – as well as more routine childhood illnesses and accidents that require hospitalisation. Starlight delivers services into local communities nationwide in every children’s ward and hospice in the UK.