Choosing your 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.

Wishes can be divided into four key themes, to have, to be, to meet, or to go. Scroll down to read more about each of these wish types and follow the links for inspiration and examples of the types of wishes we can grant.

"To Be" wishes...

Allan standing on the bonnet of a police car with armed response officers.

Allan, 7, "I wish to be a police officer"

If you could be anything for a day what would it be? Whatever you dream of being, a "To Be" wish will transform you into the star of the show.

Find out more about "To Be" wishes

"To Go" wishes...

Mum, dad and Alice enjoying a reindeer sleigh ride.

Alice, 7, "I wish to go to Lapland"

Whether it's visiting the Disney characters, taking a trip to meet Santa at his grotto, visiting your favourite attraction, or just spending a well-deserved holiday with your family, a "To Go" wish can transport you a magical place, far away from the worry of doctor's appointments and hospital visits. 

Find out more about "To Go" wishes

Other useful resources

The wish journey

Find out more about the journey, from initial referral to the long-term impact of a wish.

The journey

Applying for a wish

Find out how to refer a child for a wish, including information and guidance about eligibility.

Find out more

How wishes help

A wish can have a long-lasting positive impact, not only on the child, but also on their family.

How wishes help