Buy an entire collection and help play loneliness away.
Across the UK, thousands of seriously ill children will spend time in hospital, feeling anxious, scared and lonely. Play is the one thing that can help all of these children – and yet so many hospitals don’t have the money to make play happen.
“Over her seven years of treatment, every time Kitty went into hospital, I saw another layer of her confidence stripped away. Support from people like Starlight helped us keep everything together.
Thanks to the play resources they provide, I was able to reconnect with my daughter through play. Whether it was colouring-in or fuzzy felt, storytelling or jigsaws, playing helped to ease Kitty’s anxiety and made the dark thoughts disappear."
- Debbi, Kitty's mum
If you were to meet Matti, what you’d see is a super-friendly, cheerful little seven-year-old. You’d have absolutely no idea what he’s been through.
Matti has endured the fear, pain and trauma that comes with a serious illness for most of his life – but his mum Marjorie is so grateful for the amazing treatment he has received at his local hospital. They’ve saved his life on more than one occasion.
He has had A LOT of blood tests – probably hundreds. But there was one day when he had to have eight. That was so tough. But our Health Play Specialists knew what to do. They gave him his stress hammer and he was away.
“I like colouring-in because it helps me with my anxiety and I have anxiety because I’m in hospital a lot. Lilac is my favourite colour because it helps me feel calm and I need that because going into hospital makes me feel sad and worried.
I know I have to go into hospital because it’s for the best. Our play specialists in hospital are so nice and the doctors and nurses too, but when you are in hospital for a long time IT’S BORING! That’s why having toys and games is good. It distracts me from what’s happening."