Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Charity information

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Make-A-Wish was founded in the UK in 1986 and, since then, we have granted over 8,000 wishes.

Founded 1986

  • Mission statement

    We grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. We believe every seriously ill child deserves the chance to experience a Make-A-Wish wish – there are 20,000 children in the UK living with life-threatening conditions.

    Whether a wish is to be a princess or a policeman for a day, own computer equipment, meet a celebrity or enjoy some time away from home with their family, a wish brings so much to a child's life and provides memories for the family that last a lifetime. A wish brings joy to lives that have been dominated by pain, providing respite from the routine of hospital visits. Many of the children we have recently granted a wish to have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Leukaemia, other cancers or Cystic Fibrosis.

    After having a Make-A-Wish wish, over half of the children experienced a higher sense of self-worth, whilst 30% saw an improvement in their physical health. During desperate times when there seems little hope, Make-A-Wish steps in and provides a positive distraction and relief to the child and their family.
    We work with hundreds of volunteer wish visitors. They help make the wish extra special for the family, ensuring that every child feels the Make-A-Wish magic from the very beginning. Our volunteers are a vital part of our team and last year we were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.

    "The diagnosis of Neuroblastoma made our world fall apart. Thanks to the wish we now look forward, not back".

  • Overview

    Established: June 1986

    Registered Charity Number: 295672

    Board members: 24

    Full time staff: 45

    Volunteers: 600

    Phone number: 01276 40 50 48 DD

    Address: 329-331 London Road Camberley Surrey GU15 3HQ

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  • Helping grant wishes

    Granting a magical wish to a desperately ill child gives them and their family memories to... More