Fashion designer fun for Jessica
Unlike many eight year olds, Jessica, from Rowley Regis in the West Midlands, already knows what she wants to be when she grows up – a fashion designer. After being diagnosed with a condition that causes bone marrow failure, she turned to the team at Make-A-Wish to see if they could make her dream job a reality...
Jessica was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia in June 2011. Her illness meant that she had no immune system, so she was constantly catching infections and taking antibiotics. In September last year she was given a bone marrow transplant, before which she underwent a course of chemotherapy which left her very unwell; her immune system has since been steadily building back up.
On the day of her wish, Jessica arrived at Marks & Spencer’s headquarters, where she was immediately treated like a real fashion designer. She went through magazines to pick out styles for her mood board, sketched some of her own designs and scanned her ideas into a computer to add colour. Jessica was then given a sneak preview of the Christmas clothing range and was even able to try a few items on! At the end of her special day, Jessica was presented with a T-shirt which featured one of her very own designs – her Mum, Sharon, said it was a total surprise and Jessica was “gobsmacked”.
Sharon added: “Watching Jessica’s face throughout the day was fantastic. A situation like this is one that you never think will happen to you and when it does, it turns everything upside down – but you can come out the other side. Her wish was an experience we will remember forever.”