Make a Wish Charities

Do you know a child with a serious medical condition or disability? Are looking for a Make a Wish charity to make their dreams come true? Well, You've come to the right place!

Make a Wish

A ‘wish making’ charity grants a wish to a seriously ill, disabled or life-limited child. This can include a huge range of conditions. The wishes are generally tailor-made to fit your child’s wildest dreams – anything is possible, from meeting a movie star to visiting Santa.

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Wishes are varied and far reaching. For some a trip to Disney Florida or Paris to meet their favourite characters, for others it is a chance to get up close to a favourite pop star or sporting hero and some children simply want books and toys. Whatever the Wish, wherever possible, When You Wish Upon A Star will aim to make that Wish a reality.

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Dreamflight

Dreamflight is a UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

Dreamflight is a ten day annual trip to the theme parks of Florida for 8-14 year old children with a serious illness and/or disability. We aim to take children whose situations make it unlikely for them ever to be able to go on such a trip without the full medical, nursing and physiotherapy care we provide. This is a unique opportunity for children to go away without family members, to meet new friends and build confidence and independence.

At Round Table Children’s Wish, we grant wishes for children and young people who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. It gives the child something to look forward to when it is needed most and to create some special memories for all the family.

Promise Dreams help seriously or terminally ill children under 18 years and their families. It provides once in a lifetime dreams from holidays to meeting their favourite celebrity. Families are asked to consider fundraising as they may only be able to offer a donation towards the dream.

The Dreams Team

The Dreams Team grants the dreams and wishes of sick, terminally ill and disabled children.

Past dreams have included meeting Ant and Dec, a Christmas trip to Lapland, the provision of specialist car seating and computer equipment.

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that rebuilds confidence after cancer, using sailing to support, empower and inspire young people between the ages of 8-24 in embracing their future with optimism.

We work with every young person’s principal treatment centre, and a growing number of designated units, in the UK.

Young people come to us either through our contact within each of these hospitals or units, usually a nurse or CLIC Sargent social worker, who recommend which young people they think would be benefit most from a Trust trip, or as self-referrals.

Dreams come true

Dreams come True provides children and young adults (2-21 years) with severe and life threatening illnesses the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Each dream is unique but past dreams have included swimming with the dolphins, a seaside holiday, a TV and a music centre.

Browse loads more Wish Making Charities here

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LOST IN TRANSITION – PART 15

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

This morning as I looked in my rear view mirror, I noticed Max's hand print in the frost. It was a freezing cold day and I left the print there for ages, reluctantly watching it melt away as I defrosted the rear window slower than was probably safe.

I now have a tiny new white car to fit in with my post-divorce restyling. I tend to notice new things with my car as a consequence of its sheer tininess, it is by no means a mummy car. The car has become known as Cary McCarface after the almost named boat. You might remember the news story, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/17/boaty-mcboatface-wins-poll-to-name-polar-research-vessel. The Natural Environment Research Council put out a public vote to name their new boat. Over 124,000 votes went to “RRS Boaty McBoatface” but it was decided that it wouldn’t be a dignified enough name and the boat was eventually named “RRS David Attenborough”, which came in fifth. I also quite liked some of the other suggestions including “RRS It’s bloody cold here” and “RRS Mr Splashy Pants”.  

So as a completely pointless act of defiance, our new car has a silly name that makes me smile. It is also far too small for my needs and fogs up immediately whatever the weather. But it does have a top that comes down so the boys can wave their hands in the air like they just don’t care and the front of the car looks like it’s smiling all the time. It kind of makes up for the shock lack of boot space, almost.

That handprint still stays clear in my mind as we drive to school. It makes me think about how big those hands have become. How I didn’t think they would ever get that big. It made me remember how many times I'd held those little hands in doctor's offices, how many hospital ID bands they had worn and how frightened I was every single minute, of every single day for years and years.

I realised that I hadn’t done that silent crying thing for ages while driving. There was a track by Athlete called Wires LINK < https://youtu.be/uriGngTXyrE > that had silly amounts of radio play when Max was at his worst. It was about the writer’s own daughter when she was in hospital.

“Running down corridors,

Through automatic doors,

Got to get to you

Got to see this through.

First night of your life,

Curled up on your own.

Looking at you now

You would never know..

I see it in your eyes

You'll be alright”.

I remember wallowing in those lyrics for weeks. Now they just make me angry because for so many of us “You’ll be alright” turned out to be nonsense. What I do think now is some days he’ll be alright and some days he won’t. I watched Max, shaggy haired in my rear view mirror and realised that today was an alright day. I smiled at him, he smiled back and said "What?". He’s so age appropriate sometimes. Happy.

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Lost in Transition – part 13

As Good as it Gets part 13

As Good as It Gets

6 minutes early. Lovely.

Without looking up from her screen, the receptionist, wearing a black and white sleeveless leopard print top, red rimmed glasses and the yellowest, yellow hair tied back painfully tight asks for Max's DOB, next of kin, doctors address...all fine, “take a seat”. Still no eye contact. I hold fast stubbornly until she finally looks up confused and asked me to take a seat again. It’s the principle of the thing and I’m feeling like I need a bit of a win today. An easy win granted, and an almost unnoticeable win but the joy is in the small things right? So dear receptionists, just so it’s clear, eye contact is not time consuming it isn’t exhausting it just makes us feel human, it matters.  And so here we are again. Max is already back on his ipad. Minecraft calls and he sets fire to a tower with a newly selected lava block.

The magazine pile is eclectic as usual in the Maxillofacial Clinic. One National Geographic (I read that edition last time), Gardeners World Magazine, Patchwork and Quilting, 8 copies of Classic Scooterist (I wonder which doctor donated that little aspirational stash?), 2 copies of My Weekly, Puzzles Galore!, Simply Knitting, Select Sudoku and the compulsory tattered copies of Woman’s Weekly. However, I do think Military Modeling and French Property News are a little lateral even for Cambridge. I wonder if hospital magazine piles vary from area to area? I’d love to know.

2 minutes late now. This appointment is to check Max's bone graft and his new blue braces. Every time we've been in this particular waiting room before, Max always asks the same two questions...Will I get back to school in time for lunch? And will it hurt as much as last time? A big hug instead. I don’t answer either question, I never do. I don’t like to break promises.

8 minutes late. Today the chairs are set up in rows all facing each other. Characters of note include a round woman with a two tone haircut. She needs to get her roots done but I don’t think it’s a priority, she doesn’t look happy. She has a walking frame and a shockingly old looking dog with enormous eye brows. There is also a little boy who has yet to learn how to use his “inside” voice. I'm guessing he's quite new to all of this because his mum is catching everyone's eye and smiling politely as new patients take their seats. This is not the approved etiquette.

There is something perfect about a waiting room because until they call Max’s name my delicious fantasies can keep swimming through my mind like an overloaded washing machine.

The  first one is a classic…The consultant takes off her glasses, puzzled, “I’m not sure why Mrs Marek but everything has magically corrected itself.”

or…

A research team huddle around Max’s bed, “There’s a new treatment Mrs Marek with extraordinary results, completely pain free too.”

Or…well you see what I mean. I think that’s why people buy lottery tickets. They know they won’t win but it’s the minutes or days that you have until the draw that allows you to dream that everything’s going to be OK. The minutes I’m currently stealing in this waiting room are also allowing me to imaging that it’s all going to be OK.

 

If you’re in the same place, you might want to check out these useful links…

The National Autistic Societyhttp://www.autism.org.uk

Epilepsy Action - https://www.epilepsy.org.uk

 

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