Wish Granting Charities

This leaflet lists some of the charities which offer special treats or holidays for children and young adults who are very ill or who are living with severe disabilities. They cover the whole of the UK but have different eligibility criteria so you will need to check with them directly for further information.

Boparan Charitable Trust - grant dreams and wishes for disabled children under the age of 18: www.theboparancharitabletrust.com or phone 0121 214 9364.  

Dial a Dream - grant wishes for children with a life-limiting condition aged 3 to 18 years: www.dialadream.org or phone: 0208 530 5589.

Dream Makers - grant wishes for seriously ill children aged 2 to 16 years: www.dreammakerschildrenscharity.com or phone 01564 778 121.

Dreams Come True - fulfil ‘dreams’ for children and young adults, 2 to 21 years, who have a serious or life-limiting medical condition: www.dreamscometrue.uk.com or phone 0800 018 6013.

Happy Days Children’s Charity - fund and organise holidays, residential trips, days out and theatre trips throughout the UK for disadvantaged young people, those with mental and physical disabilities and life-limiting illnesses aged 3 to 17 years: www.happydayscharity.org or phone 01582 755 999.

Hopes and Dreams - grant wishes for seriously ill children and young adults: www.hopesdreams.org or phone 0208 551 0092.

Make-a-Wish Foundation UK - grant ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ wishes of children aged 3 to 17 years who are fighting life-threatening conditions: www.make-a-wish.org.uk or phone 01276 40 50 60.

Promise Dreams - grant wishes of a specific item or experience for children from birth to 18 years who are seriously ill: www.promisedreams.co.uk or phone 01902 212 451.

Rays of Sunshine - grant wishes for children who are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 18 years: www.raysofsunshine.org.uk or phone 0208 782 1171.

Round Table Children’s Wish - grant wishes for seriously ill children aged 4 to 17 years: www.rtcw.org or phone 01202 514 515.

Starlight Children’s Foundation - grant the wishes of seriously and terminally ill children aged 4 to 18 years. They also put on parties and pantomimes and provide fun centres, distraction boxes and entertainment for children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK: www.starlight.org.uk or phone 0207 262 2881.

The Dream Factory - grant wishes and dreams for children and young people aged 3 to 25 years who have a life-limiting condition or a severe disability: www.yourdreamfactory.org or phone 0208 501 1234.

The Dream Team - grant wishes and dreams for disabled children: www.thedreamteamcharity.co.uk or phone 01268 569 096.

When You Wish Upon a Star - aim to fulfil wishes for any child aged 2 to 16 years who has a life-threatening or terminal illness: www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk or phone one of their regional offices:

  • Midlands and South – 0115 979 1720
  • Lincolnshire / Yorkshire – 01472 827 100
  • Northwest – 01663 766 744
  • Scotland – 01357 529 950

Willow Foundation - provide special days for seriously ill adults aged 16 to 40 years: www.willowfoundation.org.uk or phone 01707 259 777.


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Author: SMA Support UK Information Production Team
First published: February 2015
Fully reviewed: February 2018
Next review due: February 2021 

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