Play is important. Play is invaluable. Play is vital.

This July, children across the country will finally break free from the worst of the Covid-19 restrictions and charge headlong into a much-deserved summer of play. But what about those children who can’t get out there and enjoy the fun?

Serious illness can have an irreversible effect on childhood, so we’re here to protect it.

We’re going to make this the summer to beat all summers – one where every seriously ill child has the freedom to play.

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Starlight are the experts in protecting childhood during illness. We use the power of play to make the experience of treatment better for seriously ill children, and this summer we’re determined to be there for every child who needs us.

With your support, we can make this our biggest ever summer of play. You can help us to deliver summer-themed adventure boxes to hospitals, hospices and homes across the country.

Or you could help us host safe and accessible drive-in cinema nights, and other exciting new summer events, that can give seriously ill children and their families a much-needed sense of community.

Together, we can make sure every seriously ill child enjoys the freedom to play this summer.

Summer Services
Summer Services

Find out more about our programme of summer services, from new toy boxes to events across the UK, that your support will help fund.

Skip for Starlight
Skip for Starlight

31 days, 100 skips: a big difference made. Join our skipping challenge this August and get a free Starlight t-shirt and skipping rope.

Fundraising Pack
Fundraising Pack

Download our fundraising guide, packed with top tips and ideas to help you join in with our #FreedomToPlay campaign. Do it your way!

Stream for Starlight
Stream for Starlight

You play, they play! Stream your favourite games this summer and raise money to help give seriously ill children the Freedom to Play.

Buy a t-shirt
Buy a t-shirt

Get your ‘Freedom to Play’ t-shirt to make sure you look the part this summer. Let everyone know that you’re a protector of play!

Meet Phoebe
Meet Phoebe

See the difference our vital play services make to children like Phoebe who are still isolating for their own safety.

Find your Freedom to Play this summer

Find your Freedom to Play this summer

For the most seriously ill children, anxiety and loneliness are common feelings. But the events of the past 15 months have meant all our children have felt frightened, anxious or alone to some extent.

If your child is experiencing any of these feelings, or you just need some ideas for making the most of the summer holidays, these handy tips from Senior Health Play Specialist Emily will help.

Download our leaflet and find the #FreedomToPlay with your children this summer.