Five-year-old Toby Morris, from Ludlow in Shropshire, has life-threatening epilepsy and was born with cerebral palsy. His limited mobility means he can't get around without help but he loves being outside.
When Make-A-Wish sent their volunteers to meet Toby they learnt that his wish was to have a wheelchair-friendly garden where he could relax with his friends and family.
The charity’s staff got to work in pursuit of their mission to grant every eligible child’s one true wish. Now, they are calling on Toby’s family, friends, neighbours and supporters from all over the country to become the community of ‘Wish Makers’ that turn this wish into a magical reality.
You can join them by simply sharing Toby’s story online and follow the wish's progress by reading his mum Nicky’s blog on the Make-A-Wish website. You can also donate to his campaign page or contact the charity to help provide some of the materials needed - ranging from fence posts to flowers, building sand or wind chimes.
On her first blog post, Nicky tells how she and her husband were left “numb and in shock” by Toby’s initial diagnosis. But they “did the usual crying and questioning and then gave ourselves the obligatory slap in the face and got on with life”.
She said the wish would enrich Toby’s life for years to come because: “We try to make sure that Toby’s life isn’t taken over by his condition and that he can still have fun. For Toby to be able to have his friends, who also have additional needs, to come and play at our house where we know his medications are close at hand would be life changing… not only to Toby but for our time together as a family.” Make-A-Wish is calling on as many people as possible to help grant this wish.
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Notes to editors:
* Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
* Please note that Make-A-Wish does not use phrases such as ‘terminally ill’ in order to respect the sensitive nature of life-threatening conditions and what they mean to children and young people and their families. We would ask that this approach is followed and that the term ‘life-threatening conditions’ is used in material for publication.
* The charity was founded in the UK in 1986. Registered charity number: 295672 / SC037479