Apply for a wish
Do you know a child fighting a critical illness, who could benefit from a life-changing wish?
Speak to the child's health or social care professional, who will be able to submit a referral on the child's behalf. If you have any questions about the process, give us a call on 0118 304 2776 or email email@example.com and we'll be happy to help.
What is a wish?
Our wishes give seriously ill children the chance to do something extraordinary. For many children, it's an opportunity to choose something just for them – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Every wish is as unique as the child who created it. Our experienced Wish Visitors visit a child and spend time with them to find out what matters most to them in the world, and what matters most to them about their wish.
We’re keen to get the wish capture experience right, because a child’s One True Wish is a precious gift that helps build lasting memories, confidence and resilience.
Tough times lead a child to be eligible for a wish, and families often suffer as a result of a child being seriously ill, which is why it's important to us to include them in a child’s wish, too.1
Wishes are often around four key themes
I wish to meet...
To meet someone special or important like a hero, celebrity or influencer.
I wish to be...
To be someone or something – such as a superhero, princess or a character.
I wish to go...
To go somewhere and spend time doing something special.
I wish to have...
To own something special or particular like a toy.
Whatever the child’s wish, we make the experience a truly individual and memorable one.
What are the criteria?
- A child needs to be a UK resident, aged between 3 and 17 years, and diagnosed with a critical illness. You can see the list of conditions that fall into our eligibility criteria by clicking here.
- A child shouldn't have received a wish from us before or from another wishgranting organisation. We're only able to grant one wish for any child.
- We can accept an application if we receive it on the child's third birthday, or before the day of their 18th birthday.
How do I refer a child?
Tell us what your relationship is to the child for more information on how to refer a child to receive a wish. Once we receive the application, we'll then be in contact to advise you whether or not the child is eligible for a wish.
If you have any problems completing the form, or would prefer a paper copy, please contact us on 0118 304 2776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a form in the post.
Please post the form back to: Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, Seventh Floor, Thames Tower, Station Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1LX
What happens next?
If the child is eligible for a wish, we'll call the family asking for further information about the child.
We'll then arrange for our specially-trained volunteers to visit the child to find out about their One True Wish.
Please note, there are restrictions on some kinds of wishes. Wishes are usually restricted to within Europe, and we're unable to provide some items such as disability-related equipment, or grant wishes for garden/outdoor spaces.
If your wish falls into a category with restrictions, we’ll explain these to you so you can understand why.
There are two ways to refer a child:
You can complete our online form. This should take no more than ten minutes to fill in.
Download a referral form
Alternatively, you can download our referral form and post it back to us. The child's parent/guardian needs to sign the Medical Release Form. Please return the form to: Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, Seventh Floor, Thames Tower, Station Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1LX or scan and email it back to email@example.com.