Pirate Boating Escape gives kids an arrr-some day!

On Saturday 17th June, 24 seriously ill children and their families enjoyed Starlight’s pirate-themed boating escape which was generously hosted by The Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club, which is based near Reading on the River Thames.

Complete with pirate hats, bandanas and inflatable parrots, the children and their families enjoyed a delicious BBQ, pirate-themed games, ceramic and face painting, goofing around with Captain Starlight, a huge water fight and a boat trip along the River Thames with the Jolly Roger flag flying high!

Today’s been brilliant, especially getting to go out on the boat. Betsy is almost blind so going on a boat has been an amazing sensory experience for her. Starlight’s Boating Escape really shows that positives can come out of bad experiences and being on the boat with the whole family and the kind people from the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club was a really special moment.
– Rochelle, mum of three-year-old Betsy

The day gave the children a chance to escape hospital and their treatment and enjoy a day of fun on the river with their families.

When Alfie was undergoing treatment for leukaemia it was a very isolating experience. A Starlight Escape feels like a safety net and you feel part of a bigger community. There’s a great sense of solidarity and like-minded people whose children have gone through similar things. The boys have loved today and everyone’s kindness has been amazing.
– Harriet, mum of six-year-old Alfie


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