Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses, has granted four-year-old Becky-Anne her dearest wish – to have a puppy.
Becky-Anne first became unwell when she was just two, and for two long years her condition remained undiagnosed. Earlier this year, her family learned she has hemosiderosis, a form of iron overload disorder, which causes brave Becky-Anne to suffer while her twin sister Teyla-Marie, who does not have the condition, is able to enjoy her childhood to the full.
According to the twins’ mum Natalie, Becky-Anne has wanted a puppy since she was two and it was only when she became really poorly that they heard about Starlight and how the charity might be able to fulfil Becky-Anne’s wish to own a different coloured dog.
Becky-Anne was taken to a local breeder to pick up her new puppy – a nine week old Yorkshire Terrier, who Becky-Anne has named Oliver.
Natalie, Becky-Anne’s mum, said of the new arrival: “Oliver is settling in really well and Becky-Anne is absolutely besotted. She is inseparable from him and carries him around, cradling him like a baby. She has been so brave throughout her illness and I am so pleased that I could finally give her the puppy she has wanted for so long. Thank you Starlight!”
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.