What we do
Last year, nearly 86,000 children were living with a critical condition. With this diagnosis, the simple pleasures of childhood and family life are replaced by worry, disruptive, gruelling treatment, financial worries and isolation.
Every critically ill child deserves to be granted a wish – our aim is to reach every child. Every one of them has a wish that is unique to them. We want to grant it for them.
Our research is building our understanding of the impact of a wish, so we can continually help children to get the most out of their experience.
We’ve learnt that when a wish is granted, it inspires a child to look beyond their condition and regain some of their childhood. A wish broadens horizons and is something to look forward to. More than that, a wish provides respite and distraction, helps family bonding and wellbeing, inclusion and social engagement.
A wish is more than a moment in a child’s life – it fills the days, months and years afterwards. Alongside joy, hope and happy memories sits a new confidence, resilience and self-worth. A wish improves the lives of siblings and parents as well.
Wishes take time and money, passion and commitment. Our networks and communities – health and social care professionals, volunteers, partners, fundraisers, supporters, wish families – are key to making wishes become a reality.
We’re led by the child and their experience, seeking to understand what’s unique about them, so we can craft an experience that will excite and engage.
Everything about the Make-A-Wish experience is about the child and the impact a wish will have on their life. We’re unique in putting the child at the heart of their own experience. But we know that involving a child’s family in the unique way that we do, delivers a big impact.
Our leading reputation – built on a global partnership of wishgranting best practice – is vital to our ability to reach children, engage others and build relationships.
What we do
Together we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Whether it's starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a bedroom makeover; our wishes are varied, personal and life-changing. We go above and beyond to grant amazing wishes to very amazing children; their One True Wish made a reality at a time when they need it most. Because a child's life shouldn't be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis - it should be about wonder, joy and hope.
We've seen the effects a wish can have on a seriously ill child: from creating incredible memories, building confidence and bringing happiness, to providing respite from the daily struggles that come with a critical illness. We know what wishes can give, and this is the driving force behind why we continue to do what we do.
But we can't make these life-changing experiences happen without the generosity of people like you.