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Celebrating World Wish Day

Giving children joy and hope, as well as strength to better fight their illnesses

A wish is a turning point in a child’s medical journey

Every year, Make-A-Wish chapters and affiliates come together in celebrating World Wish Day on 29 April, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish. 

Granting a wish restores hope for a child and improves their mental well-being. A wish is a turning point in a child’s medical journey that opens the door to exciting possibilities. 

Today, Make-A-Wish has been granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses for 42 years, in nearly 50 countries across 5 continents all over the world. More than 520,000 wishes have been granted since then.

49 magical wishes granted

We are proud of the positive impact we have through our charitable partnerships,  Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of these. 

Since our partnership launched in 2019, thanks to staff efforts, we have helped grant 49 magical wishes for children with life threatening illness by donating over £122,000.

From a Fortnite-themed festival, becoming a princess, publishing drawings in a comic series and having a games console, these are just some of the wishes we have helped to grant - see these stories below.  

Making Charlie’s wish come true

In October 2021, as part of our group-wide volunteering week, we took part in the first ever Wish Teams Challenge. 

We granted a wish with Make-A-Wish UK for Charlie. 

Charlie, an 8 year old boy, lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life limiting disease causing progressive muscle weakness. He was diagnosed at 18 months old. Charlie lives in Morecambe, and his wish was to have a Fortnite-themed festival party. 

Moved by his diagnosis we and a host of local suppliers in Morecambe organised his wish. 

From balloons to a bouncy castle, the food, venue and music – a community came together.    

 

 

 

I wish to be a princess

Amber, 12, Batten disease
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I wish to have my drawings published in a comic series

James, 16, Ewing sarcoma
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I wish to have a PS5 games console

Mikey, 9, Undiagnosed breathing and digestive problem
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Our achievements so far with Make-A-Wish Foundation

Our donation helped to:

  • Buy 6,100 furnishings for children who wish for a transformational bedroom makeover
  • Buy 610 games consoles for children who have long stays in hospital
  • Buy 244 tablets for children who want to stay in contact with their friends while they are in hospital having treatment
  • Buy 41 specialist bikes for children who wish to have their own bike so they can play with their siblings

Most importantly our support helped to grant 49 wishes for children with critical illness.