Making time for seriously ill children to play has never been needed more

Our Mission

We’re the UK children’s charity that helps children experience the joy of childhood. Thanks to our brilliant supporters, we use the power of play to improve children’s experience of treatment in hospital. Wprovide equipment for healthcare professionals, grant wishes and organise experiences that help families enjoy treasured time together. When serious illness shatters childhood, we’re here to help children and families discover how special life can still be. 

Donate to Starlight

Your donation will help Starlight support seriously ill children in the UK

Could help Starlight deliver a pantomime for children in hospital


How you can help

However you want to support seriously ill children and their families, we’re here to make your life as easy as possible. Thinking about making a regular donation? Or taking on a fundraising challenge? Or including a gift in your will? Whatever you’ve got in mind, we’re here for you. We can only do what we do thanks to people like you.

The Starlight Boost Boxes are fantastic for children visiting our unit. During the recent pandemic, where most toys have been removed from the waiting areas, the individual items such as crayons and colouring books have been particularly useful to give out to patients to relieve boredom.

Providing play

How we help

For over 30 years, we’ve helped children and families find hope after a child is diagnosed with a serious illness. Today, the support we offer has never been needed more; from Isolation Packs to safely provide items to distract and delight children in hospital to hosting virtual parties to entertain and keep children connected with othersIt could be a bottle of bubbles or a life changing experience; but it all comes down to helping kids carry on being kids. 

Boost boxes

When nurses need to cheer up a child in hospital, they reach for a Starlight Boost Box. But what’s inside?

Hospital services

We are here to help hospitalised children be themselves and feel less alone


Our fundraising pack is full of fun, easy moneymaking ideas. Download yours and start planning today.

How you can help

The many ways you can brighten children’s lives

Take on a challenge

Love to hike or bike? Always fancied skydiving? Challenge yourself this year and change children’s lives.

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