Sam Bell, 14, from Newcastle Upon Tyne, joins STARboard with the objective of helping to make once in a lifetime wishes come true for other children with life limiting illnesses. Sam is living with complex respiratory illnesses which requires up to four hours of daily treatment and regular trips to the hospital. Sam’s wish is to meet his favourite team player from the professional e-sports league for the game, Overwatch. Sam’s wish is now on hold due to Coronavirus, along with 2,000 other children and young people who are waiting for their wish.
Sam has never let his condition hold him back and is a skilled athlete: a circus performer with a speciality in aerial trapeze (a taped bar attached to two ropes suspended in the air). And when he is not flying in the air with his circus team, he is at his dance school training in lyrical dance - a mixture of ballet and contemporary dance.