STAR STRUCK: Lillie Landers-Cassidy, 4, of Brisbane, meets Captain Starlight while recovering at the Lismore Base Hospital.
STAR STRUCK: Lillie Landers-Cassidy, 4, of Brisbane, meets Captain Starlight while recovering at the Lismore Base Hospital. Marc Stapelberg

Captain Starlight boosts spirits at Lismore Base Hospital

HIGHLY trained space captains from the Starlight Foundation visited Lismore Base Hospital to bring smiles to kids faces in the paediatric ward.

Captain Starlight from the Starlight Children’s Foundation visits different hospitals each week to play and interact with kids and their families.

“Every activity is child-led so it could be anything from balloon animals to face painting, to imaginative games, treasure hunts, singing, dancing, and anything else they want to do,” Captain Starlight said.

Brisbane parents Hayley and Joshua Landers-Cassidy have spent the past few days at the hospital with their daughter, four-year-old Lillie, who is recovering from a fractured skull.

“The hospital has been really good, just amazing after everything,” she said.

“Captain Starlight has entertained Lillie from all the other rooms; she has been really excited.”

Lillie learned how to make balloon animals and play the ukulele, and enjoyed singing and dancing to songs from Frozen.

The children’s ward nurse unit manager, Kerry Byrne, said these special visits “just make the kids laugh and it’s something to break up their day,” she said.

“Even some of the tough teenagers, they realise it’s okay to have a laugh.”

The Captain Starlight program is funded by the Greater Charitable Foundation.



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