It takes around $2 million to build a Starlight Express Room. Louise Baxter explains how it gets done.

[caption id="attachment_364180" align="aligncenter" width="888"] Louise Baxter with two Captain Starlights.   Photo by George Gittany Photography[/caption]

A very long time ago, when I was under the age of three, I had to spend someti me in hospital for surgery. I can still recall the fear within me, and the sterility of the ward – vivid in my memory are stark brick walls and nothing friendly at all. The only thing I had back then for distraction was my Noddy Fuzzy Felt.

Thankfully, for seriously ill and hospitalised children today, every paediatric hospital in Australia has a Starlight Express Room where our superheroes from Planet Starlight, known on Earth as Captain Starlights, are the catalyst for fun and laughter. These spaces are a haven for the child away from the stress and pain of the wards and are a place where everyone is welcome – mum, dad, siblings and any other family and friends.

I once heard a doctor say, “Sometimes in treating their illness we steal their…

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