Starlight Children’s Foundation was founded in 1982 and has become the national children’s charity which provides hospital play & distraction services, wish granting and family escapes for seriously ill children. Their services are available in over 800 hospitals across the UK, enabling children to grow and develop, experiencing childhood as it should be, and supporting the health professionals along the way.
One of the main ways in which the charity supports health play specialists, is through the use of the ‘Starlight Distraction Box’. This is a portable toolkit filled with a variety of toys, games and puzzles to distract a child during medical procedures.
Theo’s Ryman helps Children’s Charity Starlight
During Covid-19 Pandemic
Starlight Children’s Foundation is the national children’s charity that exists to preserve childhood throughout serious illness - through hospital play and distraction services, wish granting and Starlight escapes programme. They help children and their families to escape the routine and reality of treatment, and things are particularly tough during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Starlight partner, Ryman, and its suppliers have stepped in to ensure the charity can reach more children by providing additional items for isolation packs, packs made up of single use items to help stop cross infection. Starlight delivers to nurses and health play specialists caring for children throughout the NHS across the UK. Last year, Ryman also supported Starlight during their annual celebration of ‘Play in Hospital Week’, an awareness week to shine a light on the importance of play for children in hospital.
Theo Paphitis, Ryman Chairman says “As we all face new and different challenges, we look to where we can help, and that is why, Ryman, along with our suppliers, is pleased to be supporting children’s charity, Starlight, helping to fill their isolation packs and bring some relief to isolated children in hospitals. We all now have a small understanding of the positive impact a little distraction and entertainment can have when we are isolated, separated from family and facing a worrying time.”
Starlight’s ‘Boost Box’ Hospital Service provides health professionals working with children across the UK with ‘Boost Boxes’, a treasure trove of toys, puzzles, and art & crafts that aim to help entertain and distract children in hospital having treatment. The Boost Box services that Starlight provides can help reduce anxiety, make treatments more bearable, and take a child’s mind off the loneliness they are feeling.
Ryman was able to support Starlight this year, with the help of its suppliers Vivid (Crayola), Stabilo, Bic, Crafters Companion, Artcoe, Acco, Daler Rowney and Curios Universe.
If you’d like to help, find out more or to make a donation, visit us at www.starlight.org.uk