Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Cheering up children

A YACHT club in Sonning Eye hosted a pirate-themed boating escape for seriously and terminally ill children.

A YACHT club in Sonning Eye hosted a pirate-themed boating escape for seriously and terminally ill children.

Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club, based at Mill Island, was the venue and it was attended by children from the Royal Berkshire Hospital and their families.

The event, now in its third year, was organised by Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that helps seriously and terminally ill children achieve their dreams.

Children were given pirate hats, bandanas and inflatable parrots while they and their families ate a barbecue. There was also a water fight, boat trip on the Thames, a magician, pirate-themed games and face painting.

Lawrie Anness, commodore of the yacht club, said: “We are delighted and proud to be able to share our beautiful spot on the Thames with these very deserving children and their families. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces during the day and we’re already looking forward to next year’s escape,”



Neil Swan, chief executive of Starlight, said: “It was a wonderful day and all the children and their families had a brilliant time. The summer can be a particularly gloomy time for children undergoing treatment for serious illnesses and the escape gave these children and their families a much-needed dose of fun.”



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