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.
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.
Definition of Health and Social Care 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.
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.