In January 2008, seven-year-old Leon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Leon has always loved helping mum Caroline to clean their home and the How Clean is Your House? series provided a much needed distraction during the long hospital stays and gruelling treatment.
Leon’s wish-of-a-lifetime was granted when he spent a day cleaning with How Clean is Your House? stars Aggie MacKenzie and Kim Woodburn at London Zoo. Leon’s job was to help Kim and Aggie clean the llama pen, the penguin pond and the animal food preparation area. After a hard day’s work, Leon was also given a VIP tour of the meercat and lima pens, where he was able to hand feed the animals. As limas are his favourite animal, this surprise treat was the perfect finale for a very special day for Leon.
Kim Woodburn said: “It was an absolute delight to help grant Leon’s rather unusual Starlight Wish. It’s lovely to meet such a cheerful young man who, despite all the hospital visits and treatment, enjoys life to the full. I also like a chap who knows the importance of keeping the place clean! We had a wonderful time together and a lot of fun – I just hope the penguins appreciated all our hard work!”