Sometimes a wish is so magical that it makes all the hairs on your neck stand on end. The moment Chelsie’s dream of dancing on a West End stage came true was one such time.
Chelsie has cystic fibrosis, a disease that affects the internal organs and causes progressive ill health due to multi-system failure. When she was four, Chelsie started dancing as a way of keeping herself healthy, but she soon fell in love with dancing.
Her wish to dance on a West End stage was a huge challenge for Starlight. Luckily Starlight supporter Charlie Cox and his friends the Galileans heard about Chelsie and her wish, and they came to the rescue. They decided that they would put on a pantomime in the West End to make Chelsie’s wish come true, and so Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go On! was created.
The show was spectacular, and Chelsie took the 1,200-strong audience’s breath away as she danced the foxtrot with professional dancer Benny. Chelsie’s mum said: “We were all in tears, she looked beautiful up there.”
But that wasn’t the end of the magic… Starlight organised one last surprise: a waltz with Tom Chambers, who had won Strictly Come Dancing the night before.
Chelsie could not stop smiling. She said: “It is really hard dealing with cystic fibrosis. A few months ago I was wishing away this year because it has been so bad for me health-wise. I had just gone downhill so fast and not had any good news. But then I heard from Starlight and I was so happy, and it gave me something to look forward to. It is such a great thing that Starlight do. They make children like me feel so good about themselves.”
Chelsie’s mum added: “It was without doubt the best day of her life. It was the best day of all of our lives.”