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The Wish Maker blog

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Make-A-Wish UK

Our Director of Wishgranting Joanne Micklewright has been working for Make-A-Wish UK for the past 13 years. Here she talks about how times have changed over the years, why wishes are so important and our focus on granting the unique, one true wish of each child that turns to us.

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WHAT MAIN CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN OVER THAT TIME?

When I started here, Make-A-Wish UK was really quite a cottage industry kind of a charity. There were challenges, for example the year we had 10k in the bank and couldn’t pay people’s wages for half a month.

Technology back in the day meant that we were reliant on volunteers using their local networks and we were literally flicking through the yellow pages to do our research.

I also think that the illness spectrum that we’ve experienced over the years has changed. For example, there used to be a lot of children who had a particular type of kidney disease that affected them from birth. But medical advances have meant that is no longer a life-threatening condition.

The mix of wishes has also changed significantly. Today our emphasis is very much on unique, personalised wishes and on enhancing the anticipation of that magical day.

Make-A-Wish UK

We spoke to the Wishgranter behind Lucy's incredible party. Here, Wishgranter Lucy Dowling gives her top 10 tips for organising a magical children's party that's stress-free and perfectly planned!

Lucy Dowling wishgranter

1. Speak to the child about the party they want. 

Parents often think they know what a child wants and they can end up being very disappointed if they plan it on their own without the child’s input.

2. Plan the party at a suitable location which isn’t miles away from home to all the people they will be inviting.

This will help with the logistics of the day for everyone.

3. Let people know about the party in plenty of time.

This stops the child being disappointed if many of their friends and their family’s already have other plans.