On Saturday 10th June, 67 seriously ill children and their families enjoyed a very special flying day in Preston Capes, Northamptonshire at Starlight’s Sky High Escape Day.
The event was generously hosted by the Arblaster family of Red House Farm and was attended by seriously and terminally ill children and their families from Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas.
This was Starlight’s second Sky High Escape and it was bigger than better than last year! The children enjoyed an exhilarating day of flying in helicopters, topped off by a fifteen minute display from the Blades Aerobatic Team, a group of four former Red Arrow pilots. The Blades performed daring close formation aerobatics much to the delight of the guests.
Today has been absolutely fantastic. Maisie only got out of hospital last week and she has been looking forward to Starlight’s Sky High Day throughout her hospital stay. It’s been brilliant watching Maisie and her brother Hayden carefree, having so much fun.
– Charlotte Skinner, mum of wish child Maisie who has cystic fibrosis
For those who preferred to remain on terra firma there was plenty to keep them entertained. From face painting and glitter tattoos to giant games, fancy dress, meeting the local fire brigade and police, and goofing around with Captain Starlight, it was a jam-packed day! There was also a BBQ and delicious cakes baked by the ladies of Preston Capes to keep the families well fed.
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...