Maisie Weir, aged 5, from Harlow in Essex, has had her greatest wish to go to Disneyland Paris granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Diagnosed in June last year with Rhabdoid Tumour, a form of kidney and brain cancer that occurs in children, Maisie’s tumour was in her neck. She underwent a gruelling treatment programme that included chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, which was finally completed in April this year.
Starlight organised for Maisie to go to Disneyland Paris with her parents, Matthew and Julia, and her sister Charley-Ann, who is six. On the trip, they stayed at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, a mountain lodge-themed hotel inspired by America’s national parks, whilst taking in all the sights and excitements of the theme park during the day.
While older sister Charley-Ann was enchanted by the princesses, Maisie, who is described by her mum as a bit of a tomboy, was thrilled to be able to meet cartoon characters like Pinocchio, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Tigger.
Maisie’s mum, Julia, said of the trip: “It’s been a long old time since she first became poorly and to go away as a family and have lots of fun together has done us all the world of good. I can’t thank Starlight enough. We had an absolutely fantastic time and Maisie just didn’t ever want to leave. She loved it so much there that she still talks about it as ‘My Disneyland’.”
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.