Wish eligibility

Make-A-Wish UK grants wishes to children between the age of 3-17 living within the UK. Please below the list of medical conditions that ARE within our Eligibility Criteria for a wish:

Burns

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • 3rd degree burns more than 50% body surface
  • 3rd degree burns between 10% and 50% area when this concerns the face and / or hands

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • 3rd degree burns less than 10% body surface area

Cardiology

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Primary Pulmonary hypertension
  • Chronic pulmonary hypertension if it can lead to a reduction in life expectancy
  • Congenital heart defect with heart failure or ongoing cyanosis
  • Requirements mixer syndrome
  • Arrhythmias that require an internal defibrillator
  • Hypoplastic left heart
  • Hypoplastic right heart
  • Heart transplantation. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation
  • ICD (internal defibrillator)
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Tetralogy of Fallot

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible.

Dermatology

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Systemic scleroderma
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa (major blistering disease): severe form that can lead to a reduction in life expectancy

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Local Sclerodermaa
  • Epidermolysis bullosa (large blister disease): mild form that does not lead to a limitation of life expectancy
  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible.

Gastrointestinal

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Bile duct attack
  • Short Bowel
  • Liver transplant. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation
  • Pancreas transplant. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation
  • Bowel transplant. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation
  • TPV (Total Parenteral Nutrition)
  • Congenital Biliary Atresia
  • End stage liver failure, post infectious toxic or vascular
  • Crohn’s Disease. Only eligible if the child has experienced emergency or long term hospitalisation

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible.

Genetic

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Alexander disease
  • DI George Syndrome
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • Barth syndrome

Congenital anomaly, chromosomal, or single gene condition with associated life-threatening complications such as:

  • Intractable seizures
  • Structural upper airway abnormalities or chronic pulmonary symptoms
  • Heart anomalies meeting cardiology guidance
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Associated major gastrointestinal dysfunctions
  • Skeletal Dysplasias or dysostoses with chronic or degenerative pulmonary complications
  • Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) and 18 (Edwards syndrome)

Haematology

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Progressive diseases where there is a real threat of treatment by chemo or bone marrow transplantation
  • Bone marrow transplantation: Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, you can register up to one year after bone marrow transplantation
  • Thalassemia major
  • MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Chronic Congenital Hypoplastic Anaemia
  • Aplastic Anaemia (Fanconi’s & Idiopathic)
  • Severe Agranulocytosis

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible

Immunodeficiency

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Immune deficiency if bone marrow transplantation is necessary
  • Bone marrow transplantation: Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, you can register up to one year after bone marrow transplantation
  • Auto-inflammatory conditions (eg S-JIA) if these cannot be controlled with regular medication
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis provided that it can lead to a limitation of life expectancy
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) if it can lead to a limitation of life expectancy
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) if it can lead to a reduction in life expectancy
  • Systemic scleroderma
  • Vasculitis: the serious form, eg Wegener's disease
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • ARC
  • Congenital Immune Deficiencies requiring bone marrow transplant or limitations in life span

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Auto-inflammatory disorders well responsive to regular medication
  • Local scleroderma
  • Vasculitis transient form (eg Hennoch-Schonlein and Kawasaki)
  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible.

Renal

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • End stage Renal Failure
  • Long-term dialysis
  • Nephrotic syndrome metals due to renal insufficiency
  • Kidney transplant. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Temporary dialysis to bridge the gap until denier has recovered
  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible

Neurology

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Progressive or degenerative neurological disorders
  • Progressive or degenerative myopathy
  • Congential muscular Dystrophy
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Epilepsy, if there is an indication for epilepsy surgery and / or if there are frequent major seizures despite drug treatment.
  • Lennox Gastaut syndrome
  • Dravet Syndrome
  • Myoclonic Encephalopathy
  • Rett syndrome
  • Ataxia Teleangiectasia
  • Friedreichs ataxia
  • All brain and spine tumors, both good and malignant
  • Aicardi Syndrome
  • Degenerative Grey Matter Disease
  • Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease
  • Batten disease
  • Cerebral Palsy with Seizures
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Spina bifida (without complications that limit life expectancy)
  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible.
  • Autism
  • Global Development Delay
  • Mental Health

Oncology

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • All oncology, if pending or registered within 5 years after the last treatment
  • Bone marrow transplantation: Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, you can register up to one year after bone marrow transplantation
  • Recklinghausen disease with malignant behaviour
  • Malignant Bone Tumours & Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Non - Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Metastatic solid tumours
  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia (AML)
  • Acute Nonlymphocytic Leukaemia (ANLL)
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia (CML)
  • Malignant bone tumours, soft tissue sarcomas
  • Wilms Tumour
  • Brain stem tumours
  • Malignant brain tumours
  • Metastatic solid tumours

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Oncological patients longer than 5 years after the last treatment

Lung disease

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Complicated, severe bronchiectasia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Lung transplantation. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation
  • Chronic lung disease

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Asthma

Metabolic diseases

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Progressive metabolic disease if it can lead to a reduction in life expectancy
  • Cystinosis
  • Hunter Syndrome
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Leigh Syndrome
  • Sanfilippo's Syndrome
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Cystinosis Niemann-Pick Disease
  • Gaucher’s Disease
  • Any with severe progressive Neurological involvement

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Metabolic diseases that are not progressive and do not limit life expectancy
  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible
  • Type 1 diabetes

Transplant

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • All transplant patients (except skin and corneal transplant)
  • Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, it can also be done after transplantation
  • Bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. Preferably register before transplantation. If this is not possible, registration is possible up to one year after transplantation

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Skin and corneal transplantation

Miscellaneous

These illnesses are eligible for a wish

  • Children with a condition that can lead to a limitation of life expectancy, for example:
  • 24 hour ventilation
  • TPV (Total Parenteral Nutrition)
  • ICD

These illnesses are NOT eligible for a wish

  • Allergy that may involve an anaphylactic reaction
  • Chronic diseases that do not lead to a limitation of life expectancy are not eligible

Apply for a wish

If a child has been diagnosed with multiple conditions, or has a condition that is not listed above, they may still be eligible for a wish.


If you have any questions about conditions which are eligible, or are not sure if a condition will qualify please contact our Wish Qualifications team on referrals@makeawish.org.uk or 0118 304 2776.