15/10/2010 – Matt Lee, aged 15, from Carterton, has been given a complete bedroom makeover by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
The football-mad teen, who was diagnosed in 2007 with leukaemia, has been through an extensive treatment programme, which has meant that he has missed out on plenty of fun with friends and two brothers, Adam and Joshua.
When parents Sharon and Darren heard about Starlight and asked Matt what his once in a lifetime wish would be, he immediately asked for a complete bedroom makeover so that his friends could come to stay and he would be able to have his own space to play computer games.
Mum Sharon said: “Since he was diagnosed and treatment started, Matt has become much quieter and not being able to attend school regularly has really knocked his confidence. I really believe a new bedroom would go some way to giving him his confidence back and that he would begin to socialise again with his friends.”
Matt described his dream bedroom as “cool but grown-up” and Starlight immediately set about creating exactly that for him. The charity organised a cinema outing for Matt, along with his brothers and dad, to give the team of Starlight volunteers an opportunity to transform Matt’s bedroom. The makeover included a new bed, bedroom furniture and curtains, a Playstation, signed football shirts and even a signed football boot from Matt’s football hero Steven Gerrard.
Matt’s mum said of the makeover: “He loves it and it’s exactly what he wanted – a really nice space where he can relax and spend time with his friends. The football boot from Steven Gerrard is a favourite and I think he is really excited about getting his friends over to show it off to them. Thank you Starlight for making his 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 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.