18/01/2011 – Twelve year old Shauna Quinn from Birmingham has had her wish-of-a-lifetime, to meet super celebrity, television star and model Katie Price, granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Shauna has cystic fibrosis, which is a life shortening condition that seriously affects her major organs and means that her body is unable to regulate her digestive fluids and mucus. Shauna is required to take over 50 pills a day to help her digestion and is often very unwell with chest infections. She also goes into hospital every three months to have intravenous antibiotics. Every day is a challenge for brave Shauna and yet, despite the challenges she has had to overcome, mum Fiona says she is a happy child who copes with her illness incredibly well.
When she was referred to Starlight for a wish, the young Katie Price fan immediately asked to meet her idol.
Fiona told Starlight: “Shauna really admires everything Katie does and wants to be just like her when she grows up.” Shauna added that she thinks Katie is very pretty and that she respects the celebrity for being so headstrong. Shauna said: “I like the way she looks after Harvey and cares for him when he is sick, because she is so kind and I know how important it is to have someone to love you when you are poorly.”
Starlight contacted Katie’s production company, Pricey Media, and the star said she would be thrilled to help the children’s charity grant Shauna’s wish. Starlight arranged for Shauna to meet Katie at The London International Horse Show at Olympia before Christmas, but unfortunately the wish had to be cancelled due to the snow. Keen to meet her young fan, on Wednesday 12 January Katie arrived at Shauna’s house in Birmingham to surprise her at her home.
When she opened the door to find her idol standing there, Shauna got the surprise of her life and was at a complete loss for words. Katie quickly made her feel at ease and within minutes Katie, Shauna and mum Fiona were sat around the kitchen table chatting over a cup of tea as if they had known each other forever. Katie brought Shauna a pile of presents and was keen to learn all about her condition and the way in which the she handles it.
Shauna said afterwards: “I was amazed to see Katie Price standing on my door step! I really admire how she is such a loving mother to Harvey and how she is so friendly and open with everyone. Meeting her in person was a dream come true. I have not smiled this much in a very long time! Thank you Starlight for this wonderful memory.”
Katie Price said: “I was really thrilled to be able to help Starlight make Shauna’s dream come true. It was great to surprise her at her home and the look on her face was priceless! She is a really amazing girl, who has been through a lot and it was a real pleasure to meet her.”
Contact: Henny Breakwell
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.