Starlight racing demon Peter beats David Coulthard

Christmas comes early for children with serious illnesses at Starlight’s Winter Grand Prix Party

04/12/2010 – Sixty very poorly children got an early Christmas treat at a Grand Prix tea party hosted by Starlight Children’s Foundation at Bluebird Restaurant in London this afternoon. The youngsters, who are all Formula 1 fans, were able to test out the driving seats of seven Formula 1 cars and enjoy an afternoon of Grand Prix themed fun and entertainment with F1 star David Coulthard.

During the event, Peter Griffin, aged 12, took on thirteen times Grand Prix winner David Couthard on a giant Scalextric track… and won. Peter has suffered from Wilm’s tumour, which is a form of kidney cancer. The kidney was removed and Peter  then underwent three years of intensive chempotherapy treatment to battle the disease. Starlight, which grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for children with serious and terminal illnesses, took F1 fanatic and accomplished karting driver Peter to watch the Grand Prix in Monaco and his parents believe that it was the wish coupled with his competitive spirirt that helped Peter to fight the illness. 

David Coulthard said: “I take my Scalextric racing pretty seriously but I was no match for Peter this afternoon. It was fantastic to meet him – he is a very determined young man who has shown immense bravery to beat his very serious illness. He is a real inspiration.”


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.