Starlight

 
 

Starlight Children's Foundation is a registered charity that brightens the lives of children in hospital by providing entertainment to help take their minds off the pain, fear and isolation of their illness. 


Our grants have supported their Starlight Fun Centres - mobile entertainment units.  Each Fun Centre has an HD TV, Blu-ray disc player and library, Nintendo Wii and four portable Nintendo DS consoles.  All the children on the ward can sit and watch a video or, because Starlight Fun Centres are completely mobile, they can be wheeled right up to the bedside of a child in intensive care.


We were told that "the children could not believe their luck" and that the Fun Centres are "helping to take their minds off their operations and treatment".


Research has shown that children aged five to seventeen demand up to 50% less pain medication from self-administered morphine pumps whilst using a Starlight Fun Centre. According to a leading oncologist: "We can treat a child's illness, we can work to make a child better, but it's difficult to make a child happy at this time; that is what Starlight does best in hospitals all over the country.  Starlight leads the way in paediatric palliative care and their work is an important adjunct to the child's treatment".


Since 2005, our grants have sponsored Fun Centres for the Children's Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, the Children's Trauma Ward of the North Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, the Children's "Rupert Bear” Ward at the Mayday University Hospital in Croydon, and the Children's "Jungle" Ward at St George's Hospital in Tooting. 


Our latest grant to Starlight sponsored our fifth Fun Centre, which was delivered to the Paediatric Haematology Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in November 2013.


For more information about Starlight, visit their web site:


www.starlight.org.uk

 

Starlight Fun Centres