Grace Mercer

Grace Mercer, Regional Fundraising Manager - North of England

Grace Mercer
Regional Fundraising Manager - North of England

Please note: The unprecedented effects of coronavirus are impacting everyone and Make-A-Wish is no different. Grace's role has been furloughed so, for now, if you'd like to speak to someone about fundraising in your community, please contact one of the following Regional Fundraising Managers:
Shaun Campbell
Sarah Shearman

About Me

I’m Grace and I'm from Preston, Lancashire. I've lived all over the place including Melbourne, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand as well as finding roots all over south England through various means. I studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury, which is where my love of volunteering comes from, and worked in Reading when I initially started here at Make-A-Wish. Despite my moving around, I've now returned and settled in the beautiful Lancashire countryside once again.

I've been involved with Make-A-Wish ever since a close family friend asked me to accompany him on his wish to see 2000’s boy band, Blue at the MEN. After seeing the independence his wish gave him, I've always had a place for Make-A-Wish wherever possible. I've fundraised through sponsorship and events as well as volunteered for Make-A-Wish Australia before ultimately joining the UK team in June 2018.

My role at Make-A-Wish

I'm the Regional Fundraising Manager here in Northern England. I'm responsible for the fundraising in this region and also looking after our incredible fundraising volunteers. We've a fantastic community up here with various volunteer roles all working towards granting as many wishes as we can muster!

My day to day varies a lot. One morning I can be cheering at the side lines of marathons, the afternoon helping out at a bake sale and the following day linking with corporate partners wanting to raise awareness and funds to grant our magical wishes. I'm your go to for anything happening in the north and I'm more than happy to try and help with any questions, queries or requests.

As some of my fabulous volunteering groups say – keep wishing!

"I love being out and about, meeting new faces and shouting about what we do. So if you’re in and around the north, please get in touch – I would love to meet fellow Make-A-Wish supporters."

Events in your local area

See below for our pick of upcoming events in the North of England. Visit the events section of our website to find more ways you can support Make-A-Wish by taking part in a challenge or event.

Local wish stories

Read the stories of children in the north of England whose wishes have been granted by Make-A-Wish.

Sam

14 yrs

Complex Severe Bronchiectasism

"I wish to go to Overwatch video game tournament in London"

Loyd

18 yrs

Anaphylaxis - undiagnosed encephalitis

"I wished to meet and interview Jurgen Klopp!"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Kian

10 yrs

Severe epilepsy

"I wish to be a ninja"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Riley

5 yrs

VACTERL

"I wish to be a spaceman and meet Tim Peake"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Christopher

15 yrs

Marfan syndrome

"I wish to meet Tom Cassell"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Jack

9 yrs

Sanfilippo syndrome

"I wish to have a prom for my 10th birthday"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Xavier

18 yrs

Leukaemia

"I wish to meet fashion Youtubers PAQ"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Harrison

15 yrs

Osteosarcoma

"I wish to have a Manchester City Football experience"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Hayden

5 yrs

Metabolic conditions

"I wish to have a spa pool"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Amy

11 yrs

Leukaemia

"I wish for a horror experience"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Ty

9 yrs

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

"I wish to own a spa pool"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Evie-Mai

6 yrs

Wilms' tumour

"I wish to visit my Uncle David in Sweden"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Ava

5 yrs

Heart condition

"I wish to go glamping"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Alec

8 yrs

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

"I wish to direct my own film"

Wish grantedWish Granted

Idris

11 yrs

Ewing's sarcoma

"I wish to meet the Manchester City football team"