Escaping from hospital, stress and worry
Starlight Escapes offer families a break from the stress of a child’s illness. By providing simple, unexpected entertainment such as a night at the theatre or a visit to the zoo, Starlight Escapes bring families together and give them a much needed rest from the hospital and treatment rooms.
Our biggest annual Starlight Escape to Popham Airfield gives children the chance to fly in helicopters and light aircraft as well as experiencing the thrill of riding Harley Davidsons, ponies, hovercraft and more!
“One of the most memorable sights for me was seeing a very ill little girl in a wheelchair coming back from her helicopter ride with a huge smile on her face. It certainly brings home the importance of these events to the children and their families, and the wonderful people behind them.” Adam’s dad
Do you work in a hospital or hospice? Access everything you need to organise a Starlight Escape for the children in your care or to join our summer Escape to Popham on our dedicated Hospitals and Hospices page.
Bestselling children’s author Tamsyn Murray has been helping Starlight to bring a little storytelling magic to poorly children at Ealing Hospital. Tamsyn visited the hospital as part of Starlight Storytellers, a national venture that was launched in 2011 by Starlight and publisher Simon & Schuster.
With the help of Paramount Pictures, Starlight was recently able to invite a group of seriously ill children and their families to a very special screening of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
She may be a bestselling children’s author, but Sue Hendra has been giving up her time to spread a little storytelling magic amongst the young patients at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
With the help of our friends at Maggie and Rose club together with Virgin Galactic, Starlight recently invited a group of seriously ill children to enjoy a very special space-inspired party.
With dancing mice, toy soldiers and a Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker is a sparkling festive treat and for four very poorly children, a trip to see the ballet at the London Coliseum was just what the doctor ordered.