Simon Welfare

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A Starlight Dad just wanting to give back


"To see Aria smile and join in the fun with the Captains was amazing to watch."

Simon describes Starlight Captains as "utterly indispensable" after they brought some fun and joy to his 3-year-old daughter, almost daily, during her months in ICU.

Simon Welfare and Aria

Aria was struck down by a mystery virus that attacked her nervous system. She was in ICU for several months, on a breathing apparatus and unable to speak, with limited movement in her limbs. But from their very first visit the Starlight Captains were able to engage with Aria, bringing a smile to her face and some sparkle to an otherwise difficult day.

Aria had a blast with all of the Captains that she met, playing card games, having her face painted and playing with balloon animals. The biggest laughs, however, were when Aria and Captain Pogo - her favourite Captain - would show up with a balloon "fart gun" and the two shared a good fart gag!

Simon Welfare and Aria

These experiences with Aria and Captain Starlight in ICU were such a pleasure for Aria's father, Simon, who describes the "daily visits and antics" as "the highlights of her day".

Wanting to support Starlight and the Captains, after they brought so much fun, joy, and laughter to Aria, Simon is running in the City-Bay Fun Run on 16th September '18 and is fundraising for Starlight.

Simon Welfare and Aria

His top fundraising tip: connection. Simon is connecting with friends and family, sharing his story on social media and encouraging people to help him hit new fundraising milestones. He smashed his target in the first week and is pushing it further. If you’d like to show your support for Simon, donate now.

Does Simon's story initiative inspire you to help sick kids? There are loads of way that you can fundraise, find out how you can help!

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