For 11 year old Oliver Osbond, from Couldson, Surrey, a fairy tale became reality when Racing Director, Eric Boulier surprised him at his home to personally hand him a McLaren Golden Ticket, inviting him to the launch of the 2017 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 car, which takes place at the McLaren Technology Centre on February 24th.
McLaren teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation to grant a wish to F1 fanatic, Oliver, who was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. said: “I was so shocked. It was amazing to talk about Formula 1 with Eric. I’m really excited to come to the launch, and I can’t wait to see the car!”
Oliver was chosen by Starlight, one of our three national charities, who are dedicated to granting wishes of a lifetime to seriously and terminally ill children. On Christmas Eve 2012, Oliver was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a cancer that affects the white blood cells.
Hermione, wish granter for Starlight said: “We’re really happy to team up with McLaren to organise this surprise for Oliver. As a Starlight wish child, as well as a massive Formula 1 fan, this an additional bonus for Oliver, so thank you to McLaren.”
Despite serious illness, Oliver has shown tremendous strength and courage, and is now looking forward to meeting Fernando, Stoffel, and the whole team at the car launch.
More about Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight grants wishes of a lifetime to seriously and terminally ill children. It entertains over half a million children with fun and laughter in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK.
All Starlight’s activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain, fear and isolation they can often feel as a result of their illness and at strengthening family bonds at what is often a time of great stress.
Starlight does not receive funding from the UK government or the UK National Lottery and therefore relies on people’s and organisation's generosity. Find out more at www.starlight.org.uk.
Find out more about how McLaren supports good causes here.