We are part of The NACFB. At our annual dinner this year there were the normal speakers, all very good. Then came Starlight Foundation who were our charity partner for this year’s event.
I have no hesitation in saying that in 15 short minutes my level of admiration for this charity went through the roof. Very quickly my bottle of Asahi was put down and replaced by wiping tears from my eyes. As a father the stories the charity told were heart rendering and I challenge anyone not to have listened in awe.
It would be almost trite to try and say what the charity does, or repeat some of their stories, but there was one story that got me, about an 8 year old boy whose wish was to be soldier. On his birthday Starlight took his family to a hotel in York. That evening a Sergeant visited and gave the boy a made to measure uniform.
Thinking that was his wish fulfilled then imagine his surprise as the next morning two soldiers arrive to take him to the local army base. Asking him to get in his lift parked outside, he walked out to see a Challenger tank. They drove him to the playing fields in the tank, then flew him by helicopter to Catterick. That day they took him out in anything that moved, promoting him through the ranks as they went. The day finished with a birthday party in the mess which included a cake in the shape of a tank.
Four months later the young boy passed away. At his funeral the soldiers who met him turned up, carried him and gave him a guard of honour.
Way before this part of the story I had cried…
All I ask is that you take a look at what Starlight do, I ask nothing other than if you could share the message and see if we can make one small, tiny, incy wincy difference.
My plan is to spend some time in 2015 raising money and making a contribution to Starlight, so be prepared…
Stephen Fry Introduces Starlight
Please have a look at what Starlight do, if nothing else then please share this page on your social media and help spread the word about this charity. I know only too well how many wonderful charities there are out there, I am not asking for cash, just a click of the mouse to raise some awareness.
Think of it as your Christmas present to me… (because you are all generous people…)
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By Dave Farmer
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