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Make-A-Wish UK launched in 1986 in Camberley, Surrey. Make-A-Wish grants unforgettable wishes to critically ill children in the United Kingdom. Inspired by the story of Chris Greicius in the United States, Make-A-Wish UK was born. The first Make-A-Wish child in the United Kingdom was Anthony from Liverpool who was granted a wish to go to Disney World Florida. Since then the foundation has granted more than 12,000 wishes.

The charity runs on donations and volunteers provide the support needed to continue granting wishes to children who are seriously ill in the UK.

Make-A-Wish UK has enhanced the lives of thousands of children in the UK, providing a much-needed break from the hospital and boosting emotional and mental wellbeing as a result. 81% of families have stated that their child’s emotional wellbeing improved because of the wish experience. 92% of families have stated that the wish experience strengthened family bonds and improved their quality of life at home. 72% of families said that the wish experience increased the child’s sense of energy.

In 2018 Make-A-Wish UK made history, granting more than 1,000 wishes. The 1,000th wish was granted to a critically ill child named Alyssa, who was given the chance to meet Santa Claus.

Make-A-Wish UK has many famous supporters such as Samantha Barks, Katy Ashworth and Sir Paul McCartney. Prominent corporations supporting Make-A-Wish include Fairy, Flight Centre and Harvester.

Batia Ofer is a patron of Make-A-Wish UK; she is also the Chair of Art of Wishes. She has been heavily involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than a decade.

Prominent businesswoman and philanthropist Joey Horn is one of many Make-A-Wish financial donors and supporters, providing much-needed support and assistance to the charity.

Jan Rose has played a vital role in the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the past 19 years, organising the Ladies lunch and the Spring Ball. She is a loyal patron of the foundation.

Make-A-Wish UK continues to make strides as a charitable organisation, granting hundreds of wishes to critically ill children each year.