Teenager fighting brain tumour is given a very special gift by Make a Wish Foundation

PUBLISHED: 12:10 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 02 June 2010

 
News release 							 For immediate use

Wishing on a star

Teenager Kenton Green, from Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, had a day that left him reaching for the stars on Wednesday 10 March 2010 thanks to the leading wishgranting charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK.

Make-A-Wish, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses, enjoyed hearing about why Kenton, who turned 14 at the beginning of the month, wanted a telescope. 

When Kenton was in hospital, being treated for a brain tumour, he made a very good friend of Nathan Robinson. For Christmas, Nathan gave Kenton the privilege of choosing any name he liked for a genuine star in the sky. Kenton decided he would like to see the star before naming it and so asked Make-A-Wish for a telescope to do just that. 

Make-A-Wish arranged for Kenton along with his mother, Jean Chalk, and brother Adam to be collected from their home in a stretched limousine and whisked off to choose a telescope to call his own.  After numerous demonstrations and much deliberation Kenton chose his telescope and was shown how to get the best out of his new present so he will be able to locate his star once it gets dark.

Kenton’s Mum Jean says: “He really deserves this special treat. It’s so good for him to have something nice after everything he has been through. The day has just meant so much to us all.”

There are currently 20,000 children and young people like Kenton in the UK fighting a life-threatening illness. This year alone around 1,000 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to experience the magic of a Make-A-Wish wish. To grant all these, Make-A-Wish needs to raise at least £5 million in 2010. 

To refer a child for a special wish or make a donation, please contact Make-A-Wish on 01276 40 50 60 or visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk

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12 March 2010
For more information about this release please contact:
Julie Jenner: T: 020 7592 3106 M: 07717 752 170 E: Julie.jenner@thirdsectorpr.co.uk 
Sophie Pearce: T: 020 7592 3109 M: 07881 953 708 E: Sophie@thirdsectorpr.co.uk


Notes to editors:
1.	Jo Micklewright, Head of Wishgranting from Make-A-Wish is available for interview.

2.	Please note that Make-A-Wish does not use phrases such as ‘terminally ill’ or similar phrases, in order to respect the sensitive nature of life-threatening illnesses and what they mean to children and young people and their families. We would ask that this approach is followed and that the term ‘life-threatening illnesses’ is used in material for publication.

3.	Make-A-Wish should be referred to as Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK in the first instance. Thereafter ‘Make-A-Wish’ or ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’ is suitable. We would ask that you try to keep ‘Make-A-Wish’ on the same line.

4.	Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986. Registered charity number: 295672/SC037479 www.make-a-wish.org.uk

News release For immediate use Wishing on a star Teenager Kenton Green, from Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, had a day that left him reaching for the stars on Wednesday 10 March 2010 thanks to the leading wishgranting charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK. Make-A-Wish, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses, enjoyed hearing about why Kenton, who turned 14 at the beginning of the month, wanted a telescope. When Kenton was in hospital, being treated for a brain tumour, he made a very good friend of Nathan Robinson. For Christmas, Nathan gave Kenton the privilege of choosing any name he liked for a genuine star in the sky. Kenton decided he would like to see the star before naming it and so asked Make-A-Wish for a telescope to do just that. Make-A-Wish arranged for Kenton along with his mother, Jean Chalk, and brother Adam to be collected from their home in a stretched limousine and whisked off to choose a telescope to call his own. After numerous demonstrations and much deliberation Kenton chose his telescope and was shown how to get the best out of his new present so he will be able to locate his star once it gets dark. Kenton’s Mum Jean says: “He really deserves this special treat. It’s so good for him to have something nice after everything he has been through. The day has just meant so much to us all.” There are currently 20,000 children and young people like Kenton in the UK fighting a life-threatening illness. This year alone around 1,000 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to experience the magic of a Make-A-Wish wish. To grant all these, Make-A-Wish needs to raise at least £5 million in 2010. To refer a child for a special wish or make a donation, please contact Make-A-Wish on 01276 40 50 60 or visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk ~ ends ~ 12 March 2010 For more information about this release please contact: Julie Jenner: T: 020 7592 3106 M: 07717 752 170 E: Julie.jenner@thirdsectorpr.co.uk Sophie Pearce: T: 020 7592 3109 M: 07881 953 708 E: Sophie@thirdsectorpr.co.uk Notes to editors: 1. Jo Micklewright, Head of Wishgranting from Make-A-Wish is available for interview. 2. Please note that Make-A-Wish does not use phrases such as ‘terminally ill’ or similar phrases, in order to respect the sensitive nature of life-threatening illnesses and what they mean to children and young people and their families. We would ask that this approach is followed and that the term ‘life-threatening illnesses’ is used in material for publication. 3. Make-A-Wish should be referred to as Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK in the first instance. Thereafter ‘Make-A-Wish’ or ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’ is suitable. We would ask that you try to keep ‘Make-A-Wish’ on the same line. 4. Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986. Registered charity number: 295672/SC037479 www.make-a-wish.org.uk

A TEENAGER fighting a brain tumour is thanking his lucky stars for a special gift. Astrology enthusiast Kenton Green, from Chatteris, was given a state-of-the-art telescope by the Make a Wish Foundation. The 14 year old now spends the night gazing into th

A TEENAGER fighting a brain tumour is thanking his lucky stars for a special gift.

Astrology enthusiast Kenton Green, from Chatteris, was given a state-of-the-art telescope by the Make a Wish Foundation.

The 14 year old now spends the night gazing into the night sky to locate a star which was made his own as part of a Christmas present.

Jean Chalk, Kenton's mum, said: "He really deserves this special treat. It's so good for him to have something nice after everything he has been through."

Make a Wish gives gifts to children and young people who battle life threatening illnesses.

Kenton has been in hospital for treatment of a brain tumour, but his friend Nathan Robinson gave him the chance to name his own star as a Christmas present.

However, Kenton could not see his star in the sky because he didn't have the right equipment - and he asked Make a Wish for a telescope.

That all changed when a limousine came to Kenton's home and took him, mum Jean and brother Adam to choose a telescope.

After numerous demonstrations and much deliberation Kenton chose his telescope and was shown how to get the best out of his new present so he will be able to locate his star once it gets dark.


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