I wish to be a crane driver

Wish child Theo sits in the cab of a crane

Theo is five years old and lives with a rare congenital condition called Prader-Willi syndrome. He loves everything to do with construction cranes, plays with a crane every day and has his own helmet and protective vest. He also sees huge cranes every day on the construction sites in front of his house. His wish was to be able to sit in the cab of a crane and control it.

On the day of his wish, Theo got out of the car and ran excitedly to meet crane operator Alex. They took the lift up to the cab as his family waited on the ground. His face lit up as he reached for the controls and spun the crane around. 



When he was down again, he was allowed to drive around with the crane truck and as a special highlight, Theo was given the crane manufacturer’s construction helmet – he was so happy that he didn’t want to let it out of his hands.

Although we granted 40% more wishes in the last 12 months, we still have more than 10,000 children waiting for their wish to be granted. This July, we want to grant the wishes of 3000 of those children so they don’t have to wait any longer to experience their wish-come-true. But we can’t do it without the support of people like you. Please donate today to bring Sparks of Hope to a child living with a critical illness.

Theo high up in the cab of a crane

Niamh Ryan

Niamh Ryan

Niamh Ryan is Senior Manager, PR and Communications at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organisation in 2022 after 5 years at Make-A-Wish Ireland. Niamh oversees the organisation’s internal and external communications and looks after media relations and media strategy. With a background in digital marketing, she is passionate about employing the latest technology and trends to help more people learn about the life-changing power of a wish-come-true!