A breath of fresh air for Yitzchok with dream trip to Switzerland

Yitzchok Sommer, aged 7, from Gateshead, has had his greatest wish of a trip to Switzerland for him and his family granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

Following a family holiday to Switzerland when he was younger, Yitzchok has always wanted to return to the Swiss mountains and the excitements of cable cars, trains and breathtaking views.  When he was diagnosed three and half years ago with Leukaemia and began the long journey of frequent and rigorous treatment necessary to battle the condition, the longing for a family trip to Switzerland became even greater. 
When Yitzchok became poorly, his parents, Saul and Helen, were introduced to Starlight and together they set about planning the holiday of Yitzchok’s dreams, which would involve a week-long stay for the whole family in the luxury Scuol Palace, known as ‘The Pearl in the Mountains’ on account of its beautiful alpine setting. 
Yitzchok described the holiday as the family’s “best holiday”, saying that “the hotel was massive and so fancy.  The food was delicious.  The outings were so beautiful”. 
Saul, Yitzchok’s dad, added: “We feel really grateful to Starlight for the wonderful, relaxing and refreshing holiday we had in Switzerland.  Since Yitzchok was diagnosed, family trips have been difficult and it was amazing to have everything organised for us so that the whole family could just sit back and recharge the batteries. 
“Yitchok’s dream of going back to Switzerland truly lived up to his expectations and it was wonderful to see him being himself and enjoying all the outings with his siblings.” 


Contact: Henny Breakwell
Email: henny@starlight.org.uk
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.

Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.

You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.