Charity makes young cancer patient’s wish come true

PUBLISHED: 11:52 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:52 26 July 2016

Andrew Berthoud enjoys a swim while on holiday in Rhodes

Andrew Berthoud enjoys a swim while on holiday in Rhodes


The charity aims to restore the magic of childhood for seriously ill children

A Beckenham youngster who is undergoing treatment for cancer has had his greatest wish come true thanks to a charity.

Seven-year-old Andrew Berthoud was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October 2012 at the age of three, and has since undergone 18 cycles of chemotherapy, 23 general anaesthetics and several operations.

His greatest wish was to fly in a plane and swim in a warm sea, so children’s charity Starlight sent Andrew and his family for a week away in Rhodes, Greece.

The family stayed at Holiday Village and were upgraded on arrival to the deluxe accommodation, which has its own separate pool and restaurant.

Andrew and his sister, Clara, were able to try their hands at archery and compete in the mini Olympics set up by the resort’s kids clubs.

They also visited the Greek ruins that Clara, who has been studying the Ancient Greeks, had read about in her school books.

Andrew’s mum, Melody, said: “It was so special to see Andrew and Clara playing on the beach and building sandcastles with their dad! These really were the first happy moments we’d had as a family in a long time.

“We’re so grateful to Starlight for granting Andrew’s wish. For us, Andrew’s wish symbolised the beginning of a new chapter, and it gave us a glimpse into what life can be like for our family going forward. We have so many memories we’ll treasure forever and for that, we cannot thank Starlight enough.”

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