With helicopter flights, supercars, Harley Davidsons, pony rides, a Hummer limo and much more, the fourteenth annual Starlight Escape at Popham gave 400 sick children the opportunity to enjoy some much needed time away from their hospital beds for an unforgettable day of excitement with their families.
The event, which was held on Thursday 19 August at Popham Airfield in Hampshire, also provided plenty of entertainment for those not looking for a rush of speed in an aeroplane, helicopter or on a hovercraft. There were many on-the-ground distractions provided by magicians, a petting zoo, rides on some very special motorbikes and cars, together with a spectacular air display.
This Starlight Escape is just one of the ways that the children’s charity helps to brighten the lives of over 500,000 sick children every year. It is organised by Dick Richardson, manager of Popham Airfield, and made possible by an army of volunteers who donate their time, expertise and equipment (not to mention their planes, trains and automobiles!). Everyone who helped out went out of their way to make the day as magical as possible for sick children throughout the South.
“My family went to the Escape Day at Popham Airfield today. This is our first experience of Starlight and, wow, what a wonderful day, I can’t believe so many people gave their time and machines for us all. I have never seen so many smiling faces in one place. Since his heart surgery, my son Nathaniel is usually shy and won’t go anywhere without one of us but today he went up in a plane on his own with a stranger – I still can’t believe it! Thank you so much – it has done wonders for his self-esteem.” Nathaniel’s mum