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The Wish Maker blog

We're calling on people like you to join our awesome #WishMaker community and help grant life-changing wishes to some truly deserving children. Follow the work of our amazing #WishMaker movement below!

Jessica, wish sibling and volunteer

"The time we got to spend together seeing Ethan so happy and filled with laughter is a real lasting memory for our family. The pictures and memories will last a lifetime!"

In November 2010, my brother Ethan, who was 10 at the time, had his wish granted by Make-A- Wish. Ethan, me, my mum and a family friend spent the most amazing and unforgettable weekend in London!

The wish that was granted to Ethan was to see the X Factor rehearsals before the live show which would take place that night. As a family we got to meet the contestants including One Direction who Ethan and I were both so excited about.

We got to watch the show with a seat near to the front. We also got to travel to the studio in a limo which was a complete surprise to us both.

ethan and zayn malik

Donna Blakemore, Paediatric Nurse

Donna is a paediatric nurse working in Walsall - here she talks about the impact that wishes have on her patients.

I have been a qualified paediatric nurse for 14 years. I work in Walsall on a general children's ward.

I got into nursing because my own brother was disabled and I appreciate how much pressure there is on a family when a member of the family is so ill. I understand how special you feel when your wishes come true as we won a family holiday to Florida. Years later I still recall the tremendous happiness and joy. My heart skips a beat when I think about how lovely that act was.

My job is amazing – recently I have had some severe health problems, and I almost lost my life. I have clawed myself back to fitness and hope to go back to work soon. My favourite part of my job is seeing a family go home after a particularly stressful time. Nursing gives families hope and support and I am so grateful to be involved in the lives of children and their families – children who never fail to surprise me or make me smile.

Make-A-Wish UK is a truly astounding charity, and has a huge place in my heart. There is something magical about being involved in granting wishes. The child and the family are in the centre of the process. They are made to feel special and the whole process is a miracle – there’s  almost a sense of it being unbelievable or unimaginable, yet it is very real.

donna and her friend in nurses uniform on the ward

Florence's Wish Makers

There are lots of different people involved in making wishes come true: from our incredible fundraisers, generous corporate partners, dedicated volunteers, to our committed staff – so we're saying a massive thank you to everyone that helps bring hope and happiness to children at a time when they need it most!

Four year old Florence was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer; at one point she was given only a 5% chance of survival. Thankfully, she has now been in remission for over 12 months. Florence's wish was to be a princess. We talked to some of the people who helped make her wish a reality. 

florence in a red dress in front of a carriage