Some children won't be free to play this summer. You can help.
Starlight use the power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and their families.
We are passionate about protecting time for play. We champion play’s importance and defend every seriously ill child’s right to it. Our passion takes us to the bedsides of some of the most poorly children in the UK. We use the power of play to create a sense of escape from the difficult reality in which these children find themselves. To delight and distract. To entertain and enlighten. But, most of all, to restore a smile to their faces.
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 others. It could be a bottle of bubbles or a life changing experience; but it all comes down to helping kids carry on being kids.
Donate to Starlight
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.
We support frontline health professionals with our Boost Boxes, Distraction Boxes, pantomimes and our Starlight Play Week. It all helps seriously ill children be themselves and feel less alone.
How You Can Help
Want to make a regular donation, take on a challenge, or include a gift in your will? Find out how you can support seriously ill children: we can only do what we do thanks to people like you.