Based in Reading, Berkshire,with a modest staff of 40 and a volunteer force of around 800 people who are still at the heart of our organisation. Demand for wishes has outstripped our fundraising efforts and coronavirus has provided yet another challenge, so the charities need for volunteers and generous donations has never been greater.
Did you know...
The charity was inspired by Chris Greicius, a young boy in the US who had been diagnosed with leukaemia and was granted a wish that brought a city to a standstill.
Make-A-Wish UK was formed by a group of volunteers in Camberley, Surrey, in 1986.
They granted their first wish to a boy called Anthony from Liverpool and it involved a certain theme park!
The charity has since granted more than 14,000 life-changing wishes and on their 25th anniversary,they earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for creating the biggest ever pass-the-parcel!
What makes Make-A-Wish different
They are led by the child to understand what is unique about them and their aspirations so that they can craft a truly wonderful, life-changing experience for them. The child is at the heart of their own experience and they are unique in involving the whole household in a wish in the way that they do.
Every step of a family’s involvement with with Make a Wish is about the child and the impact a wish will have on their life.
Their programme of insight and research is enhancing their understanding about the impact of a wish, so that they can refine their approach and help children get the most out of their wish.
A wish is more than a moment or a day in a child’s life – it affects the weeks, months, and years afterwards. Alongside hope and happy memories sits a new confidence,resilience, and self-worth - because if a wish is possible, anything is possible.
A wish improves the lives of siblings and parents as well. By helping Make a Wish grant wishes, you are part of that ripple effect – bringing inspiration, joy and respite to children and families who desperately need it right now.
Other ways to support
Organising wishes involves not just time and money but passion and commitment. The charity has networks and communities - which include health and social care professionals, volunteers, corporate partners, fundraisers, and former wish families - are dedicated to making wishes become a reality.
Whether you enjoy video gaming, baking, running, cycling, the arts, gala dinners or skydiving – you can support them in a way that suits you.
Find out how to get involved here