LIFE IS SHORT, VALUE EVERY MOMENT.
Little Stars tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of young people around the world living with life-limiting illnesses. Against the odds, these children and young adults are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their loved ones, working in harmony with passionate ‘pain and palliative care’ teams.
Children’s palliative care is a response to the suffering of a child and their family facing life-threatening conditions. It’s holistic, looking at the body, mind and spirit within the social and cultural context. It cares for the child from the time of diagnosis until death, and after death it does bereavement support for the family.
Regrettably, not all conditions can be cured. However, many children with life-limiting conditions will live for years, if not decades. Currently, 20 Million children around the world can benefit from palliative care, but access to services remains an issue (ICPCN). Children are particularly at risk of inadequate pain management due to age related factors, limited access to essential medicines and misconceptions about how to effectively treat their pain. These vulnerable children and families are suffering. They are largely invisible. But for those who are receiving care, the results are extraordinary.
These remarkable stories show young people finding hope, love, joy and attainment in the face of the inevitable. Featuring Joan Marston, Dr Ednin Hamzah, Dr Sarah Friebert, Naledi Kopane, Dr Lee Ai Chong, Dr Joanne Wolfe, LeeAnne Curran, Dr Franca Benini.
ABOUT LITTLE STARS
Stories have been captured in 9 countries – the USA, South Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Jordan, the UK and Russia.
The series is presented by acclaimed British actor David Suchet CBE.
The series will compromise a one-hour feature film for television, with broadcast confirmed through Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Additional broadcasters will be announced shortly. The project will also be broadly available through Pay TV, Video-On-Demand services including iTunes and NetFlix, DVD, iOS App and online. Please sign up to the newsletter to stay tuned to project related news, including about television broadcast announcements.
Guest Blog by Barbara Gelb I am writing this BLOG fresh (or not so fresh!) from a TV appearance doing a virtual cycle ride from London to Lapland for a major Christmas charity appeal here in the UK. The profile of children’s palliative care...read more
Guest Blog from Joan Marston It has been such a delight to meet up with friends and colleagues from all over the world, here in beautiful Roma but here not to spend all their time visiting the ancient and wonderful sites of this amazing...read more
We have just released Joseph's Story as part of our Little Stars Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. About Joseph’s Story by Fiona Stewart "The most surprising thing I have learnt about paediatric palliative care is that it is not just about...read more
Thanks to the tremendous support of the first 75 Funders of the Little Stars Indiegogo Campaign we have been able to record the narration for the one-hour feature film with acclaimed, award-winning British actor David Suchet CBE (most famous...read more
ARTICLE COURTESY OF SUE BOUCHER @ E-HOSPICE The makers of "Little Stars" the full length movie and short feature films on children's palliative care have started a crowdfunding appeal to get them to the finish line in time for the film...read more
We have spent an amazing week in Padova, Italy. Our hosts The Maruzza Foundation and Hospice Pediatrico Casa del Bambino were fantastic and enabled us to film with some incredible children and their families who are receiving support from...read more
What an amazing week we’ve just had in Malaysia filming for Little Stars! Not only did Hospis Malaysia play fabulous hosts to us, introducing us to some of their wonderful patients in Kuala Lumpur but we also had the enormous privilege of...read more
Introducing LeeAnne, one of the stars of our Little Stars project. We had the great experience filming with LeeAnne in Boston last year. LeeAnne is 34 and doing an amazing job of living with Cystic Fibrosis, a life limiting illness she was...read more
We’ve hit the ground running with funding confirmed for filming in the United States and South Africa later this year. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first short film in the series ‘Value Every Life’ its online now and we encourage...read more
We're delighted to be sharing a very special sneak preview of the first short film in the Little Stars series, titled "Value Every Life". We're still in the process of attaching sponsors for the project but extremely excited about the...read more