Project information

The Dreams Come True Christmas Challenge

We make dreams come true for seriously ill and disabled children every day and every year we make special Christmas dreams come true; like meeting Santa, seeing a Panto, or receiving a special present. The Dreams Come True Christmas Challenge is to fund four dreams this Christmas.

December 2016 - January 2017

Charity information

Dreams Come True Charity

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  • Need


    For children and young people living with a serious disability or a life-limiting illness life's difficulties are multiplied by the challenges, pressures and worries associated with their condition. The burden of care resting on parents and families is tremendously heavy and unrelenting. For some children there is no cure and treatment simply relieves symptoms. For others the prognosis is terminal. Dreams Come True provides a special experience to bring joy into the lives of these families.


    The promise of a dream is a unique gift. Its planning creates a sense of anticipation and something to look forward to; feelings of hope, excitement, inclusion, control and normality for the individual. A dream offered can be a validation of their situation for a family. Sharing the experience of a dream can ease any sense of guilt held by young people about their condition and its effects on their family. Dreams enrich lives, bringing joy and respite; and the memories can last forever.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise money to fund dreams for families this Christmas.


    » Our dream co-coordinators will organize as many dreams as this project is able to fund during December 2016 and January 2017.

    Dreams will have been funded and taken place.

  • Impact


    The project will reduce the number of families waiting for a dream.
    On a case by case basis we anticipate positive outcomes for the child involved, and also for their family.
    We will be able to demonstrate the benefits through positive narrative feedback from the families once the dreams have been completed.


    In some cases; deterioration in a child's health or changes in family circumstances can prevent a particular dream from taking place. In which case the dream will be postponed or the family will be able to choose an alternative dream.
    If a dream allocated the project is postponed or cancelled, it will be replaced with another, Dreams Come True has planned to provide for 27 dreams during the life of this project (December 2016 and January 2017).


    Families will have agreed that we can share their dream stories with donors.

    We ask families to provide feedback and a photo or two when they return from their dream.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 1st Dream Average cost of delivery of a dream
      £2,500 2nd Dream Delivery of a dream
      £2,500 3rd Dream Delivery of a dream
      £2,500 4th Dream Delivery of a dream
  • Background


    Dreams can take place in any location depending on nature of the dream. Sometimes a dream takes place in the individual's home (anywhere in the UK), at a destination in the UK or abroad.


    The services we provide are available to all life-limited and life-threatened children and young people living in the UK between the ages of 2 and 21.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Dreams Come True has been operating for 28 years and made more than 5,000 dreams come true.
    The benefit we provide is not available other than through charitable means. We are not duplicating a service that is available through the NHS or any other public body. For many of our children and young people we are the only source of support available as we are the only charity in the dreams and wishes sector meeting the needs of children as young as 2 and as old as 21.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sue Tiplady, Individual Giving Fundraiser

    Sue is an experienced fundraiser with twenty years experience in charities like ours. Sue will drive the fundraising element of the project.

    Martin Plowman, Head Of Dreams

    Martin and has many years experience managing the Dreams Co-ordinators, he and will be responsible the dreams funded by the project.