Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK has a very simple objective – to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986 and since then has granted over 5,600 wishes.

There are over 20,000 children in the UK living with a life-threatening illness. We believe that every one of them deserves to experience the magic of a Make-A-Wish wish – and they are truly magical.

A small and dedicated team of professional wishgranters works alongside hundreds of volunteers to turn our children’s wishes into reality. Whether a wish is to be a princess or a train driver for the day, own the latest TV or computer equipment, meet a favourite celebrity or just enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish come true brings so much to a child’s life and provides memories that last a lifetime for the whole family.

This year, around 1,000 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their special wish granted – we need to raise over £5 million per year to continue granting these magical wishes.  Make-A-Wish receives no government funding or lottery grants, relying on the generous donations of the public and that’s why, for our charity, every donation really counts.


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