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Wish child Matthew holding director's board

“I can’t put in to words all the emotions we felt watching Matthew and his sister Lucy having such a great time during Matthew’s wish. He had the best time ever and we will look back at the photos with such happy memories.”

The words above come from Liz, mother of ten year old Matthew from Bristol, who was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was eight. Matthew loves the behind-the-scenes aspect of theatre, film and television and has always wanted to shout ‘cut’ from the Director’s chair. So when we asked what his Make-A-Wish wish was, we weren’t surprised when he chose to be a Director for the day…

Matthew was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma after complaining of a pain in his right leg. Despite months of intensive chemotherapy, in April last year he had to have his leg amputated above the knee, and has since been learning to use a prosthetic leg.

On the day of his wish, Matthew was picked up from his hotel and taken to the set of his favourite CBBC show, Young Dracula. After enjoying breakfast with the cast and being shown to his very own dressing room, he was thrilled to see a Director’s chair for him to use – with his name on, of course.

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Then it was time for a look around the editing suite and script room, before his name was added to the call sheet as if he was a real member of the production team! Matthew had his make-up done (like the actors in Young Dracula), was allowed to operate the clapper board and watched the filming take place.

Matthew’s opinion of his big day? “I had the best time ever being a Director!”


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