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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!

Make-A-Wish UK

Aileen, our Director of Finance and Marcus, our Director of HR and Volunteering, took on one huge challenge when they decided to cycle from London to Paris to make wishes come true! Aileen gives a day-by-day account of the trip:

aileen and marcus with their other halves before race

The night before

We're feeling apprehensive.

Yeti Jon, fundraiser

Jon Green is six foot seven tall.  Add on a Yeti Costume and he’s hard to miss – even amongst a throng of costumed people raring to go at the start line of the 2016 Great North Run in Newcastle-upon-Tyne!  He ran to raise money for us – here’s how it went:

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My reason for choosing Great North Run
It’s the biggest, best, friendliest, noisiest, funniest, hilliest, brilliantest race in the world!

My reason for running a Half Marathon for Make-A-Wish:

The company I work for, Brammer UK, give regularly to Make-A-Wish so we often hear about the great work! I tried to keep a line I read on the website – “a child’s life shouldn’t be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis – it should be about wonder, joy and hope” – in mind when designing and building my massive 8 foot costume, becoming literally larger than life.

Kate Campion, fundraiser

Teacher Kate Campion has lost 10 stone and taken up running in her mission to be a good role model for her daughter Sophie and the pupils she teaches. She took part in the Great North Run last year to raise money for us, which her daughter chose for her.

kate before weightloss

Deciding to lose weight

It all started when I took my daughter to Disneyland and I thought I’m not fit enough to keep up with her.

I wanted to be able to enjoy some of the rides with her but looked at them and thought ‘can I get on there?’  It was ridiculous watching and not being part of her experience.