01/11/11 – Twelve year old Lucy Bolton from Doncaster has had her dearest wish to go swimming with dolphins granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Diagnosed in May 2010 with Neuroblastoma, which is a malignant tumor that develops from nerve tissue, Lucy had to undergo an intensive course of treatment to battle the disease. Sadly, the chemotherapy was unsuccessful and brave Lucy had to endure major surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
When Lucy was referred to Starlight for a once-in-a-lifetime wish, her dad Kevin described his daughter as, “a fun-loving and pleasant girl who has a wonderful smile and puts others before herself.” When Lucy was undergoing treatment in hospital, she became known to all the nurses and children on the ward and, according to Kevin, “even though the treatment made her poorly she still raised a smile for others and remained courageous.”
Before she became poorly, Lucy was always very active and was the first to get involved in a physical challenge. An active participant at her school sports day and a keen athlete, Lucy loved swimming and dancing and took a place in the cast to dance in two consecutive Christmas pantomimes at the Doncaster Civic Theatre.
Lucy, who has a passion for animals and loves visiting zoos, wildlife centres and marine parks, has wanted to swim with dolphins ever since she saw them perform in a show in Portugal. When she told Starlight that this would be her dearest wish, she said, “I think that dolphins are beautiful animals. They always seem to be smiling and looking happy. It would be such a dream come true to be given this amazing opportunity. When I feel down I will always be able to look back on my wish and it will help to cheer me up.”
At the beginning of October, Starlight arranged for Lucy and her parents, Kevin and Julie, to travel to Orlando in Florida. While staying at the scenic Enclave Suites Hotel, Lucy and her family were able to share a magical swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove and experience the wider attractions of the resort, including Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. The week-long trip was concluded with a visit to Universal Studios, where Lucy and her parents enjoyed all the excitements and rides of the world-renowned theme park.
Following her wish, Lucy said, “Thank you so much to Starlight for making my wish come true! I never imagined that I would ever get a chance to swim with dolphins but thanks to Starlight, I did! Swimming with dolphins was an experience that I will never forget. Being at Discovery Cove was amazing and it was a beautiful place. Another favourite moment was being in the bird aviary and having lots of different birds land on my hand to come and collect food. My favourite bird was called Captain Jack and he came and fell asleep on Dad’s shoulder – I got a cuddle with him as well though! Once again I can’t thank Starlight enough for making my dream come true. “
Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes 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 over 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.