Useful resources for wish families
We're often asked for help and information on other support charities – and sometimes we need our wish families to obtain official documents to assist us in granting their wish.
Please see the list below for links to useful websites and other charities.
Across is a charity created specifically to provide transport and support to enable those with special care needs to go on pilgrimages to Lourdes. The charity also enables groups to organise holidays to other destinations in Europe for those with special care needs.
Phone number: +442035421800
Address: 111 Stansted House, Third Avenue, London Stansted Airport, CM24 1AE
Action for Children
Providing support to help children and young people thrive, and to protect them against neglect and abuse. Finding safe and loving homes, and giving children a voice by campaigning for something better.
Phone number: +441923361500
Address: Head Office, 3 The Boulevard, Ascot Road, Watford, WD18 8AG
Ataxia UK raise funds for medical research into finding treatments and a cure for ataxia - and until they do, they give support, advice and information for anyone affected.
Phone number: +442075821444
Address: 12 Broadbent Close, London, N6 5JW
Barnardo's help hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers via their 1000+ services across the UK that are going through domestic abuse, mental health problems, poverty and much more.
Phone number: +442085508822
Address: Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford Essex, IG6 1QG
British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation's vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases, by raising money to research cures and treatments, so they can beat heartbreak forever. And providing information and support for people who have been diagnosed with a heart or circulatory disease, and supporting family and friends.
Phone number: +443003303322
Address: Compton House, 2300 The Crescent, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B37 7YE
CHAS (Children's Hospices Across Scotland)
For over twenty years CHAS have been offering a full family support service for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. This includes palliative care, family respite and support - through their hospices, homecare services and hospital presence.
Phone number: +441314441900
Address: Canal Court, 42 Craiglockhart Avenue, Edinburgh, EH14 1LT
Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals, both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement. Ever year they train more than 10,000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
Phone number: +448000288840
Children With Diabetes UK
Children With Diabetes UK is a support network set up by parents of children with type 1 diabetes. They organise events and activities for families and children affected by this condition.
Children's Country Holidays Fund
Provides a range of residential activity and respite breaks that allow children aged 7-11 to escape the traumas of their everyday life. For children in the London area.
Phone number: +441903339155
Address: Suite 201, Chapel House, 1-6 Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1EY
Children’s Cancer Support Group
CHICS supports the whole family of a child suffering from cancer. They have outings, parties, coffee evenings on the ward, monthly meetings, telephone befriending and a regular newsletter, to support families in any way needed.
Phone number: +441515238886
Clic Sargent support children and their families from when the doctor says 'cancer', all the way through the hardships like the costs, being away from home for treatment, helping children thrive and not just survive, and are there to support families if their child does die. The charity also researches and campaigns for policy changes for better support from the government for children and families affected by cancer.
Phone number: +443003300803
Address: No. 1 Farriers Yard, Assembly London, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JA
With offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this National charity supports families of disabled children whatever their disability. They provide support, information and advice with a range of life-changing help and class-leading services. Helping families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
Phone number: +448088083555
Address: 209-211 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN
Council for Disabled Children
Council for Disabled Children, are an umbrella for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers. Helping to ensure all children have access to proper education, health and care support.
Phone number: +442078436000
Address: National Children's Bureau, 23 Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, London, E8 3PN
Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund
The Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund aims to provide children with Cystic Fibrosis and their families an opportunity to spend quality time together. The holidays and grants help families create happy memories while they can.
Phone number: +442076161300
Address: 1 Bell Street, London NW1 5BY
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK’s only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis. They work towards a brighter future for those living with Cystic Fibrosis, by driving up standards and care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.
Phone number: +442037951555
Address: One Aldgate, Second Floor, London, EC3N 1RE
For people whose skin doesn’t work – we do. DEBRA is the national charity that funds research and healthcare to support individuals and families affected by EB. DEBRA was the world's first EB patient support group.
Phone number: +441344771961
Address: DEBRA, The Capitol Building, Oldbury, Bracknell, RG12 8FZ
Destination Florida Children's Charity
Destination Florida organises life-enhancing biennial trips to Florida for around 72 children from across the North of England. Each trip will last several days where they can visit all the major theme parks. High quality medical and pastoral care is provided, also providing the children's primary carers to have a respite while the child is on their trip.
Phone number: +441617897788
Address: Clarendon Business Centre, 38 Clarendon Road, Eccles, Greater Manchester, M30 9ES
Diabetes UK's vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. They campaign and support those affected by diabetes and fund research that will one day lead to a cure.
Phone number: +443451232399
Address: Wells Lawrence House, 126 Back Church Lane, London E1 1FH
A site that provides information on charities and trusts that provide grants to children and young people in the UK.
Dravet Syndrome UK
Dravet Syndrome UK is an independent UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Dravet syndrome through support, education and medical research.
Phone number: +441246912421
Address: PO Box 756, Chesterfield, S43 9EB
Dreamflight is a registered UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.
Each October, 192 children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a Boeing 747 - hired by Dreamflight - and spend a magical 10 days of fun and excitement in Orlando. Many of the children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of volunteer doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medics who care for the children 24 hours a day.
Phone number: +441494722733
Address: 15 Chiltern Court, Asheridge Road, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 2PX
'Tailoired to fit your needs'. Their focus is on making a positive difference to the lives of people with disabilities, by providing user friendly clothing that allows them to express their own individual style and promote independence and wellbeing.
Phone number: +441793512878
Address: Unit 2, Bradbury House, Westmead Drive, Swindon, SN5 7ER
Duchenne UK is a lean, ambitious and highly focused charity with a clear vision: to fund and accelerate treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and to do so in a decade.
Phone number: +442030967496
Address: 56 Wood Lane, London, W12 7SB
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA)
Website where an online form can be found and completed by international travellers seeking to visit the USA under the Visa Waiver programme.
Euan's Guide makes it easier for disabled people to find great places to go. It is a site where disabled people, their family, friends and carers can find and share reviews on the accessibility of venues around the UK and beyond. Reviews are also sent to venue owners and this can be a positive and powerful opportunity for education and change. Euan's guide hopes to give everyone the freedom to explore.
Phone number: +441315105106
Address: CodeBase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 9DZ
European Health Insurance (EHIC) Card
If you are a UK resident temporarily visiting a European Union (EU) country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and medical treatment becomes necessary, with one of these cards you are entitled to that treatment at reduced cost or sometimes free.
Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Family Fund hope to improve the lives of low-income families and to provide items and services that they could not otherwise afford or access, such as washing machines, sensory toys and family breaks, plus more.
Phone number: +441904550055
Address: Unit 4, Alpha Court, Monks Cross Drive, York, YO32 9WN
Your local council may be able to provide you with short break services, holiday play schemes, care at home, aids and adaptations, and financial help for example money towards travel costs for hospital visits.
HCPT- The Pilgrimage Trust
Since 1956, HCPT has offered week-long pilgrimages to Lourdes, for disabled and disadvantaged people. These holidays are with small groups of prepared volunteer helpers. There are also Easter pilgrimage holidays available for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people. And their Summer pilgrimage holidays are offered for all ages.
Phone number: +441788564646
Address: Oakfield Park, 32 Bilton Road, Rugby, CV22 7HQ
Happy Days Children's Charity
Happy Days Children's Charity arranges holidays and leisure activities for children aged 3-17, their families and groups who support children with additional needs. This includes children who are chronically sick, severely mentally and/or physically handicapped, children who have been subjected to abuse or neglect and children that have endured deprivation in any way.
Phone number: +441462530710
Address: Unit 6 - 7 The Glover Centre, 23 - 25 Bury Mead Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1RP
Heart Line Association
Offers support for children with heart disorders and their families. Puts them in touch with other families, have nurses available to explain medical jargon and have caravans available for subsidised holidays.
The Honey Rose Foundation are a registered charity dedicated to granting special wishes to adults who are suffering with cancer and other life threatening and terminal illnesses whom are over 40 years. Supporting patients of Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospices and Marie Curie.
Phone number: +441744451919
Address: 2-4 Cotham Street, St Helens, WA10 1SA
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice is a registered charity offering free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). And furthermore provide training on the SEND legal frameworking to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Phone number: +441799582030
Address: 24-26 Gold Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1EJ
JDRF funds research into type 1 diabetes to improve lives and one day eradicate the condition for good. The charity aims to give a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and their families.
Phone number: +442077132030
Address: 17/18 Angel Gate, City Road, London EC1V 2PT
Kids Cancer Charity
The Kids Cancer Charity is a national charity that supports children with cancer and their families. They provide a high standard of care and support, focusing on the quality of life for the children and their families. They also provide support for stress free holidays abroad or in the UK.
Phone number: +441792480500
Address: Child Care Centre, 62 Walter Road, Swansea SA1 4PT
One of the UK’s largest voluntary sector providers of services for disabled people. They offer a range of services, providing support, respite and care for people with disabilities and their carers. And working in local communities to provide people with opportunity, choice and support.
Phone number: +442032420200
Address: 66 South Lambeth Road London SW8 1RL
Little Hearts Matter
Little Hearts Matter are a national UK charity offering help to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition. From initial antenatal diagnosis, through treatments and into life at home, the charity works with children, young adults and families to reduce the isolation, fear and lack of understanding created when a child is diagnosed as having half a working heart.
Phone number: +441214558982
Address: 75 Harborne Road, 4th Floor, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3BU
The MPS Society provides support to families affected by rare genetic conditions. They raise money and awareness of these conditions through fundraising, information, research and support.
Phone number: +443453899901
Address: MPS House, Repton Place, White Lion Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 9LP
Macmillan Cancer Support
To provide physical, emotional and financial support from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond for those suffering from cancer.
Phone number: +442078407840
Address: 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UQ
Metabolic Support UK
Metabolic Support UK are the leading patient organisation for Inherited Metabolic Disorders supporting thousands of patients worldwide. They deliver many support services to patients and families to meet their varying needs, including Family and Community Services, Awareness and Advocacy and Information and Research.
Phone number: +448452412173
Address: 5 Hilliards Court, Sandpiper Way, Chester Business Park, Chester, CH4 9QP
Molly Olly's Wishes
Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families to help with their emotional wellbeing. They grant individual wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.
Phone number: +447747854914
Address: 1 Blackwell Lane, Hatton Park, Nr Warwick, CV35 7SU
Monkey Wellbeing create books and information aimed at children, to guide them through a range of new experiences and medical procedures.
Phone number: +448006520652
Address: 180 Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B30 3NU
National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children
The NHF provide children and young people that are disabled, chronically or terminally ill, with holidays to Orlando and providing whatever assistance is necessary for their trip.
Phone number: +441493731235
Address: 14 Buttermere, Hemsby, Norfolk, NR29 4JZ
Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children
Newlife are dedicated to helping disabled and terminally ill children in the UK. By providing equipment to help individual children, nurse led support services, pioneering medical research, awareness and campaigning.
Phone number: +441543462777
Address: Hemlock Way Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 7GF
Once Upon A Smile
Founded in 2011, they provide emotional and practical support to bereaved families after it became apparent that there was a lack of support for families after the death of a loved one.
Phone number: +441617110339
Address: Sidley House, 6 Brindley Road, Manchester, M16 9HQ
Government site to help with applying for a passport for adults and children.
Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit
Advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Promise Dreams is a national charity with the aim to make a seriously or terminally ill child's dream come true. Whether it be to go on the holiday of a lifetime, the chance to meet their celebrity hero or to provide the child with essential equipment and resources for their home.
Phone number: +441902212451
Address: Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0PE
Helping children with life shortening illnesses. To give children comfort, dignity and where possible, greater indepedence. They supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths and mobility aids, to essential everyday homecare items like pushchairs and domestic appliances. They also try and ensure education equipment is available to help meet children's developmental needs, provide React holiday homes and where needed; support with funeral expenses.
Phone number: +442089402575
Address: St Luke's House, 270 Sandycombe Road, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3NP
Relate can help if you're single or in a relationship, straight or gay, young or old. Whatever your circumstances they're dedicated to helping you get the most out of your relationships, no matter how big or small the issue. They have centres across the UK and a network of licensed local counsellors as well as phone, email and live chat counselling.
Phone number: +443001001234
Rett UK provides professional support to people living with Rett syndrome across the UK. The charity is dedicated to supporting and empowering people with Rett Syndrome and their families.
Phone number: +441582798911
Address: Victory House, Chobham Street, Luton, LU1 3BS
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
This charities vision is to help and empower every seriously ill child to lead a marvellous life. They help to provide complex care that they and their families desperately need. Their nurses are specially trained to help meet their emotional and physical needs, helping to ensure they live the best life possible.
Phone number: +441494890465
Address: Montague House, 23 Woodside Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 6AA
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children's hospitals. The houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night's sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they're only a moments away from their child.
Phone number: +443000111113
Address: 11-59 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 8AW
Supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deaf, blind or have sensory impairments. SENSE is there to help people communicate and experience the world, and to ensure people do not feel isolated or unable to fulfil their potential.
Phone number: +443003309250
Address: Sense, 101 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LG
Family members that do not own a British passport will need to check whether a Schengen Visa is required to travel within the EU.
Scope is a disability equality charity in England and Wales. They provide practical information and emotional support when it's most needed, and campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society.
Phone number: +448088003333
Address: Landmark, 26 Whitehall Road, LS12 1BE
Sebastian's Action Trust
Sebastian’s Action Trust has created the UK's only purpose-built facility that offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together. They also provide emotional, social and practical care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.
Phone number: +441344622500
Address: Unit 8, Tanners Yard, London Road, Bagshot, GU19 5HD
The Sequal Trust (Special Equipment And Aids For Living) is a national charity fundraising to provide communication aids for disabled people of all ages throughout the UK. The charity provides suitable assistive technology to people who need it most and to increase the quality of life for those who are non-verbal, have incoherent speech, or who have learning and communication difficulties.
Phone number: +441691624222
Address: 3 Ploughman’s Corner, Wharf Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0EJ
Sickle Cell Society
The Sickle Cell Society believes that individuals with sickle cell disorder have the right to quality care. The Society aims to provide funding to educate health carers and other professionals about the condition.
Phone number: +442089617795
Address: 54 Station Road, London, NW10 4UA
Sight Advice UK
The Sight Advice FAQ answers questions about living with sight loss, eye health or being newly diagnosed with a sight condition. The site has been brought to you by RNIB, Guide Dogs, Visionary, VICTA, Fight for Sight, Vision UK and the Macular Society working together in partnership.
The Aplastic Anaemia Trust
Their mission is to enable vital research into the causes of aplastic anaemia and other rare bone marrow failures that ultimately leads to finding a cure, and to support everyone affected by them, so they can lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Phone number: +443001023202
Address: PO Box 317, St Neots, PE19 9GA
The Battens Disease Family Association
The BDFA offers informed guidance and support to families and the professionals who work with them as well as actively increasing awareness of the disease and funding future research to identify potential therapies and ultimately a cure.
Phone number: +447876682589
Address: 209-211 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN
The Brain Charity
The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends, and carers.
Phone number: +448000086417
Address: Norton Street, Liverpool, L3 8LR
The Bruce Wake Trust
The Bruce Wake Trust's aim is to encourage and assist the disabled to participate in and enjoy leisure pursuits. The Trust provides grants for wheelchair users to achieve these pursuits.
Phone number: +443448793349
Address: PO Box 9335, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 0ET
The Oliver Curd Trust
To provide fully equipped holiday accommodation to families supporting children and young people in the UK suffering from childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The charity seeks to provide memories, happiness and periods of escape for children and their families during difficult times.
Phone number: +447856119151
Address: Stonelink Cottages, Stubb Lane, Brede, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6BL
The Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation
Offers financial support to young couples and families who have been affected by life threatening and terminal illnesses.
Phone number: +447584685152
Address: 190 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP
The Sick Children’s Trust
The Sick Children's Trust is a charity that gives families one less thing to worry about when their child suddenly becomes ill, by giving them a place to stay, and someone to talk to, free of charge just minutes from their child's bedside.
Phone number: +442076384066
Address: 4th Floor, 28-30 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2AH
EU citizens travelling to Turkey are required to obtain a Turkish visa prior to travelling.
A charity for bereaved children up to the age of 18, that helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. By providing professional assistance before, during and after bereavement they help them to better understand the nature of loss and offer the practical support and guidance that many need in order to cope throughout the grieving process.
Phone number: +448088020021
Address: South West: 17 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA. South East: Winston's Wish, Ventnor Villas, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3DD. Grenfell: 439 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE
Whizz Kids' mission is to transform the lives of disabled children by providing equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them, therefore giving them the chance to develop to their full potential. The vision is that their future is full of fun, friendship and hope for an independent future. Just like any other kids.
Phone number: +442072336600
Address: 2nd Floor, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
The mission of working families is to achieve a society in which everyone can fully meet their work and caring responsibilities by advocating for working families and working carers, especially those who are disadvantaged. They also wish to promote workplace cultures that support a work-life balance and flexible working for all working people.
Phone number: +442072537243
Address: Working Families, Spaces, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW