Connor Herbert-Smith, aged 10, from Birmingham, has had his wish to go to the Isle of Wight for a beach holiday granted by the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses, Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Connor, who has severe cerebral palsy, is wheelchair dependent and because of his condition misses out on a lot of opportunities taken for granted by other kids of his age. When Connor’s parents heard about Starlight and the wishes it grants, they immediately knew what his dream would be.
Connor said: “I love going on holidays to the beach to hear the sea and seagulls and feel the wind blow on my face and I love to be in the sand with my brother and sister.”
Dad Neil added: “All the senses are really important to Connor because of his condition and so to be at the beach with all the wonderful sounds and smells of the sea is a really exciting experience for him.”
Connor wanted to be in a caravan that could accommodate him and his family and Starlight made sure that it was not just any old caravan for this special holiday …
Neil explained: “The caravan was absolutely superb – it was perfectly designed for us. It had sliding doors and a wet room with a power shower so that Connor could go everywhere and didn’t need to be lifted by me in and out of a bath. It was just perfect.
“The whole trip was just wonderful. As Connor gets bigger, family holidays become really hard as it is difficult to find a caravan that will be able to provide for Connor’s needs. We are so grateful to Starlight for giving us such a happy and restful holiday. The sun even shined for us!”
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.