I'm a child over the age of 16

Referring yourself for a wish

If you're a child aged over 16 with a serious illness and would like to receive a wish, you’ve certainly come to the right place. You’re at the start of a journey that will lead to a magical, memorable experience, crafted just for you.

Get started

Follow these three steps to start your wish journey

1 - Check if you're eligible for a wish

Find out if you're eligible for a wish by checking our list of eligible conditions.
You need to be a UK resident, aged between 3 and 17 years (inclusive), and diagnosed with a critical illness.
You shouldn't have received a wish from us before or from another wishgranting organisation. 
We can accept your application if we receive it before the day of your 18th birthday.

2 - Ask a health, social care or educational professional to apply for a wish for you

You'll no doubt be speaking to a variety of health or social care professionals during the course of your treatment and be liaising with educational professionals such as a teacher on a regular basis. You can ask any of the professionals in our list below to make a referral on your behalf. 

3 - Direct your health, social care or educational professional to our website

Your health, social care or educational professional can submit an application on the Make-A-Wish UK website. It’s the fastest and easiest way to apply.

If you have any questions about the referral process, please contact our Referrals team on 0118 304 3368 or via email to [email protected].

Definition of Health and Social Care Professionals

Health Professionals
Doctors, nurses and other specific health providers, such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists etc who are registered with a UK Regulatory Body.

Social Care Professionals
Local Authority social workers, or charity / independent / public sector social care workers who provide advice and support to individuals around local care needs, physical, emotional and practical.

Educational Professionals

Wish stories

As you wait for your application to reach us, it's time to think about what you will wish for. Get some inspiration from other children and young people’s wish stories.

Wish Granted


11 years old


"I wish to have a Nintendo Switch"

Charlie is 11 years old. He lives in Croydon, and loves playing computer games with his siblings. He wished for a Nintendo Switch console to help him cope with his condition.