Becky gets the Starlight treatment
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Like most girls her age, twelve year old Becky from Dunstable loves clothes and accessories, avidly follows the world of celebrity and dreams of gliding around in a limo and having her nails done. Yet, unlike her friends and classmates, nearly half of Becky’s life has been spent battling against a long term medical condition.
Since 2004 and the discovery of an aggressive tumour on her right optic nerve, Becky has undergone a number of operations, including major neurosurgery, and intensive radiotherapy treatment. Becky lost her sight in her right eye just before her sixth birthday and, despite having the eye removed, earlier this year it was found that the tumour is still causing difficulties.
Despite the enormous challenges that Becky faces each day, she still has the hopes and dreams and obsessions that you would expect of a girl her age and this is where Starlight joins her journey. In this episode, the charity, which brightens the lives of sick children, transforms Becky’s simple wish into a truly magical and whirlwind experience, complete with pink limos, a dog grooming parlour and some VERY special guests. Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby make a surprise visit and, in this very frank and touching story, explain what it means to them to help Starlight grant Becky’s wish.
The episode also follows the extraordinary fundraising efforts of super granny Irene from Rotherham. Shunning traditional methods such as cake stalls and car boot sales, Irene takes to the skies for her seventy-fifth birthday in a sponsored sky dive to raise funds for Starlight.
The first in this ten part series, which celebrates twenty-five years of Starlight Children’s Foundation, also features moving interviews with Emma Samms, former Dynasty actress and founder of the charity. The glamorous figurehead sets the series in context for the viewers, explaining why the sudden illness and tragic death of her brother when he was only eight led to the conception of Starlight and how it came to be the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
More details and photos from Becky’s wish.
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