April 29 is World Wish Day®, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish.
In 1980, 7-year-old Chris Greicius inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish. Chris was diagnosed with leukaemia, a form of cancer, and wished to be a Policeman. Thanks to his Mother, her friends and a group of police officers – his wish was made a life-changing reality.
In 1986, Make-A-Wish was founded in the UK – 31 years later and we’ve helped transform the lives of more than 12,000 seriously ill children by granting their One True Wish.
A Wish Takes More Than Magic
Here in the UK, hundreds of children turn to us every month. To make their One True Wish a reality, we need your help. A wish takes so much more than magic, it takes hours of planning, dedicated volunteers and incredible fundraisers.
Our specially-trained Wish Visitors visit the child to uncover their One True Wish. A dedicated Wishgranter then works with the child to design their wish to ensure it's the most life-changing experience possible.
Wish Anticipation can be as powerful as the wish itself. It builds the excitement and it empowers the child by actively involving them in the creation of their wish.
Finally, the wish takes place because we have people like you who make all of this possible by donating and fundraising.
Do you know a child with a critical illness who would benefit from a life-changing wish? Refer a child for a wish here.
How you can help transform lives this World Wish Day
This World Wish Day, there are lots of ways you can get involved in helping seriously ill children. You could:
Sponsor A Wish – By sponsoring a child’s wish this World Wish Day, you’ll be making a direct contribution to a seriously ill child’s wish – and we’ll keep you up to date on the impact your help has made.
Hold a fundraising event – Whether you’re looking for ways to fundraise at work, in school or in your local community – we have a fundraiser for you. From holding a Bake-A-Wish bake sale, to a dress down Wear What You Wish Day. Check out more ideas below:
Bake-A-Wish - our yummy baking fundraiser!
Wear What You Wish - dress up as what you wish to be!
Magic Miles - run, jog, skip, hop, or walk for wishes!
The difference you’ll be making
Wishes change lives. A wish is so much more than just a day, they have physical and emotional benefits.
When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. By granting their One True Wish, a seriously ill child is given resilience and strength to fight.