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Leo's wish

Lilah became sick at just 2 years old and as she got progressively weaker, her mum just knew something was wrong. After extensive doctor’s visits and tests, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at three years old. 

Lilah’s mum Amelia says when the Make-A-Wish volunteers asked Lilah what she wished for, there was one obvious answer. Amelia believes her wish to fly with real wings came from being stuck at home and in hospital and that to her, flying meant freedom.

When the big day arrived for Lilah to learn to fly, she very quickly warmed to her fairy teachers who taught her all the basics – such as flying, trapezing, swinging and using silks! Made even more complete with a special fairy bracelet and certificate of achievement that Lilah will always remember her fairy training by.

According to her mum, Lilah continues to talk about her wish every day and that the experience, “has the magic back into my life as well as hers, and that’s something I believe she will carry through the rest of her life.

Will you help more children, just like Lilah?

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How our affiliate Make-A-Wish UK gives hope to children

In the United Kingdom, over 63,000 children are right now eligible for a wish because they are living with a critical illness. Together with volunteers and generous donors Make-A-Wish UK realizes the wishes of children who are living with a critical condition.

Granting a wish gives hope to a critically ill child and their loved ones. For a day, they get to set their worries aside. Read more about our affiliate Make-A-Wish UK.

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Make-A-Wish UK

Make-A-Wish UK sparks the imagination of a child by letting them create and decide their own unique wish journey. A wish journey comes together through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, fundraisers, supporters and healthcare professionals. 

Granting a wish has a big impact on the lives of a critically ill child and their family. It gives them hope, perspective for the future and builds their confidence. The childhood of a critically ill child is often heavily disrupted. 

Their childhood often consists of many hospital visits, cold hospital rooms and doctors having to take test after test. Make-A-Wish UK believes that these children deserve to be carefree, joyful and included.

On their wish day, the wish child is usually bursting with joy and excitement. The whole family is able to spend time together and create wonderful memories that last a lifetime.

What does Make-A-Wish UK do?

Make-A-Wish UK grants wishes to critically ill children in the UK. By finding everything out about a wish child, Make-A-Wish UK crafts a unique wish journey around them.

The wish is created around the interests and hobbies of the child. This way the wish is completely unique and altered to their likes and dislikes.

When a child experiences a life-changing wish, it can play a role in their healing process. Having their wish granted, often provides them with a newfound strength and resilience. This results in hope when they experience more difficult situations regarding their health.

Donate and give hope to critically ill children in the UK

Providing hope, strength and confidence through granting wishes, can only be done because of the hardworking volunteers and generous donors that support Make-A-Wish UK.

A unique wish journey can be crafted for these wish children. To continue creating life-changing wishes, Make-A-Wish needs your help. We cannot do it alone. Give hope to critically ill children and their loved ones, and donate today.

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How does our Affiliate Make-A-Wish UK make a difference in the lives of children?

Make-A-Wish UK is an Affiliate of Make-A-Wish International. The mission of Make-A-Wish is to make wishes of critically ill children globally come true. Make-A-Wish can make a huge difference in critically ill children’s lives and give them increased hope and joy. Since our formation, Make-A-Wish has successfully granted 520,000+ children’s wishes. We aim to help each critically ill child’s one life-long wish come true. This is because granting their wishes gives them joy and hope. Moreover, wish families report an improvement in the wish child’s emotional well-being.

Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that works on the generosity of sponsors and volunteers. In order for critically ill kids to improve and get better, it is necessary that they are mentally well. By granting their wishes, we give hope to critically ill children and their families. This helps them bring joy and hope for a brighter future.

How does Make-A-Wish UK give hope to critically ill children?

Make-A-Wish UK gives hope to critically ill children by making their wishes come true. Eligible children are allowed to have one wish granted that Make-A-Wish works to help become a reality. This gives the wish child a great experience and distracts them from their illness. Moreover, through a memorable experience, the critically ill children are given an opportunity to divert their minds from never-ending hospital visits and treatments. In this way, Make-A-Wish UK helps provide hope to critically ill children. After their wish is granted, the critically ill children often return to a better state of mind with new hope.

How can I help grant wishes?

The best way to give back to the community is to help others. Helping critically ill children by granting their wishes is a great way to play your part in spreading joy. You can help grant wishes to critically ill children by either volunteering or donating to Make-A-Wish. Learn about the Make-A-Wish requirements at our FAQ. The Make-A-Wish organization helps to make critically ill kids’ wishes come true and give them hope through your contributions.

What does Make-A-Wish UK do with my donation?

All the donations you make to Make-A-Wish UK are used for granting the wishes of critically ill children. Make-A-Wish works to help make these critically ill kid’s wishes a reality. To grant wishes, funds are needed so that our team is able to coordinate with various people and fulfill the child’s wish exactly as they planned. In this regard, your donations make the process of wish granting easier and allows us to enlighten and transform the lives of an increasing number of critically ill children. Granting wishes for these children brings them strength, joy, and most importantly, hope.

How can I make a tax-deductible donation to Make-A-Wish UK?

You can make tax-deductible donations to Make-A-Wish UK through their website very easily. On the Make-A-Wish UK website, you can sponsor a child’s wish, donate monthly, or give a legacy gift. You have various options to donate to Make-A-Wish.

Every donation you make to Make-A-Wish is spent directly for granting wishes of critically ill children. There are no restrictions when it comes to making a donation to Make-A-Wish UK. Donating every month or even once a year will allow you to enjoy tax benefits. The best part about it all is that you can make the most of the charitable deductions in the UK and at the same time make a donation for a good cause!

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle is Digital Fundraising Manager at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organization in 2022 after a previous mission in humanitarian healthcare. Sarah oversees new donor acquisitions and conversions through our digital channels. Additionally, Sarah manages the e-commerce side of the website, email marketing and strives to deliver a smooth donation process for all Make-A-Wish supporters.