22/06/2011 – Fourteen year old Abbi Banks has had her wish to be a model for the day granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
In March 2009, Abbi (right, wearing blue) was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of cancer common in children called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. In order to fight the disease, she underwent an intensive and lengthy course of treatment.
She has been described by her mum Liz as “ambitious to do well at school. She is also very ‘crafty’- meaning she enjoys art and design, making things and painting.” She also loves studying history at school. Before the young teenager was diagnosed, she enjoyed sports and fairground rides. She is now working very hard at getting fit again and also regaining her confidence. She has a very cheerful disposition and usually finds something to be happy about and is a passionate advocate for ‘Fairtrade’”.
Abbi’s wish was to be a model for the day and she dreamt of being able to have loads of photos taken while wearing many different clothes and to have her hair and make up done by professionals. The reason Abbi wanted to do this was “so that I can feel good about myself and that I look pretty in whatever clothes I wear.”
Abbi’s mum Liz told Starlight she is very close to her older sister Debbie, so it would be especially good for them to do something together as they both struggled enormously with the time of separation when Abbi was living for weeks in the isolation of the transplant suite. Therefore it was a lovely idea for them both to have photos taken. Their London trip consisted of a shopping spree to Topshop, the modelling, and a trip to the theatre to see Les Misérables.
This trip was special for the whole family, especially for the two sisters and it is a memory that will stay with them forever.
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.