Richard Betteridge, a longtime Starlight supporter and avid cyclist, has seen firsthand the power that play can have on a seriously ill child’s experience in hospital.
In 2016, Richard’s youngest son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Though he has since made a full recovery, the time in and out of hospital had a huge impact on Matthew and his family.
Richard and Matthew were introduced to Starlight through our Distraction and Boost Boxes that helped take Matthew’s mind off treatment and reduce the stress of being in hospital. In 2018, Matthew was also granted a Starlight Wish. This trip created wonderful memories for Richard, Matthew, and their entire family and helped them forget the anxieties of ongoing hospital visits, chemotherapy and steroid treatment.