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The Wish Maker blog

We're calling on people like you to join our awesome #WishMaker community and help grant life-changing wishes to some truly deserving children. Follow the work of our amazing #WishMaker movement below!

Jamie, wish child

Explaining hospital stays to children can be difficult and daunting. We've put together some top tips on what it's like to be on a paediatric ward, written by 7 year old Jamie (with a little help from his mum Susan!) 

jamie on a sleeper train

Hey, I'm Jamie and I'm 7 years old!

My mum has just told me the awesome news that I'm having a sleepover at Professor Peet's hospital today.

Make-A-Wish UK

We've rounded up some amazing accessible family days out with the kids. We've got lots of ideas: from outdoor activities, theme parks and even winter sports - check out our advice.

Energetic fun for everyone

Outdoor activity centres 

climbing in a wheelchair

Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. They are specialist providers of outdoor activities for those with disabilities.  Activities are ran for all the family including climbing, abseiling, caving, canoeing, orienteering, sailing, sensory rooms and cycling – plus lots more. 

Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. Their specialist equipment enables all abilities to take part in activities, including hoist facilities for the riding school and pontoon for water activities, climbing supports and adaptive equipment such as paddle grips – and all accommodation is fully accessible – ensuring you and your family have a great time taking part in any activity you want. They have centres in Exmoor, Kielder and the Lake District.

Dawn, Wishgranter

Wishgranter Dawn knows a thing or two about planning an amazing trip to London. She recently put James' lift operator in the big city together. She gives her advice on creating a fabulous wheelchair-friendly visit to the Big Smoke.

dawn at her desk

London: home to the Queen, the Thames, the Tower of London, Dangermouse, hundreds of restaurants and the underground, with its thousands and thousands and thousands of stairs! 

For a wheelchair user a visit to the Capital of England can be a daunting prospect.  Here at Make-A-Wish we’ve learnt a few things over the years which, we hope, helps make a trip to London as stress-free as possible.

The first and most important tip is – plan ahead!