04/05/2011 – On Thursday 28 April, celebrated children’s author Claire Freedman visited young patients at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford to do a special reading of one of her bestselling children’s books for Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The children on the Phoenix Children’s Unit at Broomfield Hospital were treated to a reading from Aliens Love Underpants, winner of the Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club in 2007 and popular with youngsters all over the world. Claire also gave the children she met alien-themed goodie bags, posters and stickers to help cheer them up during their stay.
Starlight aims to brighten the lives of poorly children across the UK and Claire, who is the successful author of over 50 picture books, including the Aliens in Underpants books, George’s Dragon and Tappity Tap! What Was That?, was invited by the charity to do the reading as part of its ongoing programme of entertainment in hospitals and hospices.
Claire said: “I love to create worlds for young children to enjoy and escape into and, as Starlight aims to distract children from the pain and isolation that they can feel as a result of their illnesses, it seemed like a brilliant way for me to use my talent and the success of the Aliens Love Underpants series to bring some fun and entertainment to poorly children in my local area.”
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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.