GrantItGreen

Published Date: 02/09/2013

Starlight helps to brighten the lives of over half a million seriously and terminally ill children each year, by granting once-in-a-lifetime wishes and providing entertainment in children's wards and hospices throughout the UK.

For every planitgreen toner we sell, 25p is donated to Starlight Children's Charity. Last December saw us grant the wish of 7 year old Anna, who wanted nothing more than to visit the princesses at Disneyland Paris. On August 18th we were able to grant another special wish, this time for Vincent aged 6.

Vincent is a very brave and loving child who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy. Despite all the challenges he faces on a daily basis, Vincent is very brave and never lets his condition stand in his way. His mum Victoria heard about Starlight’s wish granting process and, knowing that Vincent would really benefit from a very special treat, she put him forward for a wish. She wrote to Starlight and said,

“I believe Vincent deserves something really special because he takes all of his medication with no arguments, he eats well and does exactly what the doctor asks him to do. He is a very loving child and very open. If anyone asks him about his cystic fibrosis or cerebral palsy he will answer the best he can. To see his wish coming true would be a memory we would never forget.”

Vincent loves football, and his favourite team is Chelsea. When asked about what he would like his wish to be, it was an easy decision. Vincent wanted nothing more than to meet the Chelsea squad on match day.

Vincent and his family attended Chelsea FC vs Hull City A.F.C at Stamford Bridge on 18th August and were given VIP treatment from start to finish. The family had lunch in the indoor family hospitality area and saw Chelsea defeat their opponents 2-0. Before full time, Vincent was taken around the stadium to the press area, where he was invited to go through to the tunnel. Here he was able to meet lots of the players after the game and it was really thrilling for him to soak up the buzzing atmosphere as the team celebrated their first win of the season. He was so excited to meet so many of his football heroes, such as Terry and Lampard, and have them all sign his Starlight t‐shirt!

The icing on the cake for Vincent was getting to meet his favourite player, David Luiz, and have his photograph taken with him. Luiz was really friendly to Vincent and it really was a dream come true to meet the star!

We would like to thank Chelsea FC and all the players for making this such a memorable day for Vincent and his family! After the wish, Vincent’s mum Victoria said,

“The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us especially Vincent, he couldn't have had a more pleasurable experience.”