Ayse (15), from Enfield in London, has had her dearest wish, to go on holiday with her family to Cyprus, granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the children’s charity which grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and creates entertainment in hospitals across the country.
Ayse was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008, forcing her to undergo brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, as well as endure long stays in hospital.
When Starlight asked Ayse what she wished for, she knew immediately what she wanted… to visit her extended family in Cyprus with her mum and brothers.
The family flew out to Cyprus in April and had a fantastic time in the perfect spring weather. They had an emotional reunion with their extended family, who hadn’t seen Ayse since her diagnosis. The cousins had a great time bowling, go-carting and swimming, and spent lots of quality time together as a great big family.
The family’s return flight was affected by the Iceland volcano which closed British airspace, so they ended up staying in Cyprus for an additional week – much to Ayse’s delight! Her mum used the extra time to take her children to Akincilar, the village where Ayse’s grandparents grew up, so they could really appreciate their roots.
Ayse’s Mum Esin said: “We had the most wonderful holiday! It really did feel like the beginning of a new chapter for Ayse’s health. All the swimming and good weather has done wonders for her and she has built up the strength in her legs so she doesn’t have to use her crutches any more. It really was something we all needed; quality time together away from the hospital!”
“Starlight is an amazing charity and gave something to my family I could not have done by myself. Thank you so much Starlight for making Ayse’s wish come true!”
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.