Starlight and Covid-19

Helping families who are feeling isolated is what we do all-year-round and we are pleased that during these unprecedented times we can continue to deliver some of our important hospital services.

Last week we sent 100 Distraction Boxes to hospitals and hospices across the UK to support our NHS colleagues: play specialists, nurses, doctors and paramedics, to name just a few, in their tireless efforts to reduce the stress and anxiety for children when they need it the most. Our Boost Boxes continue to be distributed and provide activities, entertainment and distraction for children and young people in hospitals and we’ve seen some ingenious uses being made of them as the packs are split and given to as many children as possible by NHS play teams.

Like every organisation we are having to make decisions about protecting our ability to continue our work and, as announced a fortnight ago, we have had to halt our wish granting programme to protect our vulnerable wish families and comply with social distancing. To help to protect the future of Starlight we are taking part in the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and have now placed some of our team into temporary furlough. We have taken this step to give our organisation the best possible chance to bounce back quickly once things get back to normal. We are open for business: although you may not be able to speak to your usual Starlight contact, someone will be available to talk to you.

At Starlight, we are accustomed to helping families through difficult and challenging times. As we all now face our own challenges, we want to say a huge thank you to our supporters for staying with us as we continue our mission to preserve childhood through serious illness. Your support is more important now than ever.

Thank you from all of us here at Starlight.

An update from our CEO, Cathy Gilman

You can read the full statement on Covid- 19 and Starlight here.