RNLI’s newest recruit!

Ten-year-old Theo, from London, was diagnosed with Diffuse Leptomeningeal Glioneuronal – a tumour of the central nervous system. Theo has always had a passion for dressing up as the emergency services, so it goes without saying that when Starlight asked Theo what his wish would be, he said it was to have his very own RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) uniform!

On hearing this, the RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station kindly invited Theo, along with his mum, dad and brother, to have a private tour of the London station. Having visited the Poole Lifeboat Station on his last holiday, Theo was particularly excited to see the Tower Lifeboat station as it floats.

When the family arrived, they were told all about the work of the RNLI and shown a video of some of the rescues that have taken place on the Thames. Theo was given a tour of the station including the kit room where each of the crew’s individual kit is kept, ready for them to respond to a rescue. The team then presented Theo with his very own RNLI uniform including a helmet, yellow wellies and kit bag!

Thank you so much for all your hard work on Theo’s wish. It was a perfect day! He’s loving all his RNLI gear and is very proud of it

Theo was absolutely thrilled, and the uniform fitted perfectly, he even took his uniform in to hospital with him the next day to show the nurses whilst he was having treatment. He also plans to wear it when he visits his next RNLI Lifeboat station!

Find out how you can help Starlight make more wishes like Theo’s come true here.