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Friday, 24 November 2017

Supporting 'Starlight Children's Foundation' This Black Friday

As many of you know I'm the co-founder of Back when we first launched we made a pact to always try to go against the grain creating a business that makes a real difference. So on Black Friday instead of unnecessary discounts we donate 100% of profits from the day to charity. 

For two years running, we have supported Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity brightening the lives of seriously and terminally ill children. Helping over 500,000 children every year who are hospitalised, Starlight provides fun entertainment, laughter and distraction to children in every children's hospital ward and hospice.

We took some time out to ask a few questions and learn more about how the charity started and their most memorable wish to date.

What does Starlight Children’s Foundation do? 

Starlight is a national charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.

We have been working for over 30 years to support sick children and their families because we know the difference happiness and laughter can make during times when it feels like there’s not much to look forward to.

We do this through our extensive hospital entertainment and wish granting programmes which based on positive psychology and offer distraction at a time when young people and families are at their most vulnerable. 

How long has the charity been running and how did it start?

The charity was co-founded in 1986 by actress Emma Samms and her cousin Peter Samuelson.

When Emma was nine, her younger brother Jamie became sick with aplastic anaemia, at that time an incurable illness, and just a few months later he tragically lost his battle against the illness. This understandably had a devastating effect on Emma and her family.

Some years later, she visited a young boy in hospital called Sean, who was seriously ill with a brain tumour. He and Emma became great friends and one day as they were chatting Sean told Emma that his dream was to visit Disneyland. He was desperate to go, and Emma realised she could fundraise and make his dream come true.

Emma was deeply moved by the positive effect fulfilling Sean’s wish had on him and his family. It was then that the idea for Starlight was born; a charity that could help brighten the lives of other seriously and terminally ill children. 

How do you go about fulfilling wishes?

Each wish is the child’s wish and bespoke to them. Whatever they wish for, our team of Wish Granters work to fulfil. This can be anything from being a policeman for the day, having a Wendy House to meeting their favourite celebrity. Anyone can refer a child a child for a wish. 

How many children’s wishes have you fulfilled over the years? 

Since the charity was founded, we have granted over 10,000 wishes. This year we’ve granted 625 wishes and counting!

Are there any wishes that have particularly stuck in your mind?

All the wishes we grant are unique. One particular wish that stands out is a wish we granted a few years ago for Mohini who wished to meet Barack Obama who was then the President of the United States of America. Even though he may be one of the busiest men in the world, he still found time to grant Mohini’s wish in the Oval Office and gave her a big hug.

To find out more about Starlight's work visit

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