Archie the cowboy meets his Disney hero Woody!

Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s number one wish granting charity for children suffering from serious and terminal illnesses, has just granted brave Archie Harris (5) from Hinkley in Leicestershire his dearest wish to meet his HERO Woody the Cowboy from ToyStory in Disneyland.
Archie was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect when he was 1 day old, after his parents and the hospital were trying to find the reason that he kept going blue! He had his first heart operation at 2 days old and has since had 2 more open heart operations. At the age of 5 Archie has spent a lot of time in hospital and has to take 5 different types of heart medication twice daily but despite all this Archie never complains, his mum Andrea described him as “as extremely happy boy who takes everything in his stride”. Archie’s mum and dad wanted to give him something very special to look forward to and contacted Starlight to see if they could grant their very brave boy his dearest wish.
As soon as Starlight heard about brave Archie they immediately set about making his special wish come true…. To meet his hero Woody the Cowboy from ToyStory! Andrea said: “If he isn’t playing with a Woody toy then he is dressed up as him, he is absolutely his hero, we had a Woody themed birthday party for him for his fifth birthday and thinking about getting to meet him kept him positive even through the darkest days of his treatment.”  
Starlight whisked Archie and his mum and dad off to  Disneyland Paris – the family stayed at the exclusive Sequoia Lodge hotel and had a thrilling few days, going on all the rides, meeting Archie’s favourite Disney characters at the character breakfast at the Mickey café with, of course, the highlight being meeting Woody and Jessie in a private meeting!
Mum Andrea told Starlight:
“We just want to say a huge thank you to Starlight for Archie’s wish being granted! Archie absolutely loved the trip to Disney …and he was just so happy to meet his hero! It really was amazing to see our brave boy’s dream coming true!  We all had a very magical time and have wonderful memories that will remain with us for the rest of our lives.”
“In the near future my husband and I are hoping to raise some money for Starlight by hosting a pub quiz night in Hinkley to raise money and awareness for such an amazing and valuable charity.”
After spending a lot of last year in hospital Archie is now back part-time at Sketchley Primary School and is doing well.


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 88p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.