News release for immediate use
8 September 2014
Clark, seven, creates and stars in his own film!
Seven year old Clark Doyle has a vivid imagination and often writes stories with a view to them being made into a film! He takes inspiration from science fiction stories such as Godzilla and also loves to act alongside creating stories. Sadly Clark was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2011, but this didn’t stop his interest in film. So Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, organised for Clark to write his very own science fiction script and star in the film…
With the help of Charlotte Knight Productions, Clark, from St Helens, wrote a script for his film ‘Dimension Zero’. A few weeks later he travelled to London with his family for filming where he would be staring as Tiger alongside his dad and many other creative characters. One such character was a ‘The Hand Tongue Frog’ puppet – which was made by Jim Henson at Creature Shop especially for Dimension Zero and a gift for Clark to keep.
On Sunday 7 September Clark arrived in a limo at Cineworld, St Helens, for the premier of the film, ready to walk the red carpet like the true star he is.
Mum Katie said: “When Clark was first diagnosed it was devastating and it is difficult knowing that his condition will get progressively worse. However, the wish couldn’t have been better for Clark – it was right up his street and he had the most amazing experience. The wish has really inspired him to stay involved in acting and continue creating stories.”
Clark was born with muscular dystrophy but wasn’t diagnosed until he was four years old. Clark is on steroids to slow the condition down and has physiotherapy, but there is no cure for the condition. As he gets older the condition will get worse – he will gradually lose the use of his legs and become totally reliant on his wheelchair.
Katie continued: “The wish has really boosted Clark’s confidence. He often feels that his peers are ahead of him, but the wish was something he was really good at and he feels like he achieved something special - it’s fantastic.”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition. This year, we hope to grant 900 wishes and need to raise £7 million to continue granting wishes in the future. Make-A-Wish receives no government funding – so every donation really does count.
To make a donation to Make-A-Wish please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.
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Notes to editors:
- The film can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/ODf0VNB5qyI
- The making of the film can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/7ZAglT-a96A
- The family are available for interview.
- Please note that Make-A-Wish does not use phrases such as ‘terminally ill’ in order to respect the sensitive nature of life-threatening conditions and what they mean to children and young people and their families. We would ask that this approach is followed and that the term ‘life-threatening conditions’ is used in material for publication.
- Make-A-Wish should be referred to as Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK in the first instance, then Make-A-Wish®. Thereafter ‘Make-A-Wish’ or ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’ is suitable. We would ask that you try to keep ‘Make-A-Wish’ on the same line.
- Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986. Registered charity number: 295672/SC037479 www.make-a-wish.org.uk.