Wish Granting Charities

This section lists some of the charities which offer to fund ‘wishes’ for children who are very ill or who are living with a disability. We use their wording to describe their aims, what they may offer and to whom, but please do check their websites before you decide to apply as funding available and priorities can change:

Dial a Dream: aim to make the dreams of children aged 3 - 18 years, suffering from a diagnosed life limiting and life-threatening illness, become a reality. They may organise such ‘wishes’ as contact with celebrities or fund holidays. 
www.dialadream.org or phone: 0208 530 5589.

Make a Wish Foundation: create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Whether it’s starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a bedroom makeover; our wishes are varied, personal and life-changing. Children with Werdnig-Hoffman’s Disease (SMA Type 1) are eligible. Other children with SMA are considered on a case by case basis.
www.make-a-wish.org.uk or phone 01276 40 50 60. 

Promise Dreams: aim to make a real difference to children who are seriously or terminally ill. Every child has a dream and whatever it may be we aim to make it come true - whether it be to go on the holiday of a lifetime and spend time with their siblings following extended hospital stays, the chance to meet their celebrity hero, a specially adapted trike to enable them to join in on family bike rides, or essential equipment and resources for their home. In fact, anything that will make life happier and easier for the family in need. Eligibility criteria includes: children from birth to age 18 with SMA. www.promisedreams.co.uk or phone 01902 212 451.

Rays of Sunshine: aim to brighten the lives of children ages of 3-18 years who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, across the United Kingdom. Wishes are as unique as the children themselves - whether a child wants to be a fireman, meet a real-life mermaid or enjoy a family holiday.
www.raysofsunshine.org.uk or phone 0208 782 1171. 

Round Table Children’s Wish: for children aged 4 - 17 years with a life-threatening illness. Every wish granted is chosen entirely by the child. It could be a trip, a meeting with a well-known person or even a special item. 
www.rtcw.org or phone 01202 514 515. 

Starlight Children’s Foundation: grant personalised wishes for children who are suffering from a life-threatening or life-shortening illness. Starlight Wishes empower young people by giving them the opportunity to make a choice at a time when most decisions are made for them, whether it’s meeting an astronaut, getting a new computer, becoming a princess or going on a great adventure! Since Autumn 2018 they no longer accept requests for wishes that involve overseas travel. Children must be age 4 – 18 years.
www.starlight.org.uk or phone 0207 262 2881. 

The Dream Factory: for those with either life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, or who suffer from severe disabilities, are ages 3-25 years and live in Greater London and the South-east within approx. 70 miles of the Chigwell & Hainault districts. They aim to do everything possible to grant a child’s dream, which could be to meet their favourite celebrity, their favourite sporting hero, live the lifestyle of a millionaire for the day, own a laptop, or the latest mobile phone. They could choose to take a magical trip to Lapland or Euro Disney or to be a princess for the day.
www.yourdreamfactory.org or phone 0208 501 1234. 

The Dream Team: exists to grant the dreams and wishes of sick, disabled and terminally ill children in the UK e.g. football clubs, Disneyland. 
www.thedreamteamcharity.co.uk or phone 01268 569 096. 

When You Wish Upon a Star: for children age 2 – 16 years living with a terminal or life-threatening illness. Some children Wish to be a fairy princess or soldier for the day, meet celebrities or sporting heroes that range from the Red Arrows to Mary Berry and others Wish for a laptop to keep in contact with their friends and family whilst in hospital. One of their most popular Wishes is the opportunity to swim with dolphins and go to Disney World, Florida.
www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk or phone one of their regional offices:

  • Midlands and South: 0115 979 1720
  • Lincolnshire / Yorkshire: 01472 827100
  • Northwest: 01663 766744
  • Scotland: 0131 273 4344

Page last updated: July 2019