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Make-A-Wish UK blog

Welcome to Make-A-Wish UK's blog! Find out about our latest life-changing wishes, amazing fundraisers and ways you can get involved in our blog posts below! 

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Record breaking summer header

We’ve had a record-breaking couple of months here at Make-A-Wish!

In July we granted 125 wishes to incredibly brave children - that’s the most we’d ever granted in a month.  Until August… when we granted even more – and managed to make 130 dreams come true for seriously ill children. That works out as about 4 wishes happening every day!

We’ve also had a very high number of seriously ill children turning to us to have their wishes granted. In August, 223 families contacted us to apply for a wish – that’s 7 different children per day wanting a wish. Find out how you can help make them all come true.

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We’re on the search for an incredibly kind homeless man who donated us the spare change he collected that day.

alex and a homeless man

Fundraiser Alex was bucket collecting on the streets of Edinburgh when this man came over to him and said: “Look, Make-A-Wish is very close to my heart and I really love what they do for children – so here’s not much, but take what I have".

Alex Neilan, Tough Mudder Fundraiser

Working as a paediatric dietician it’s opened my eyes to a lot of suffering of innocent people – and particularly young people. What Make-A-Wish do is absolutely humbling – focusing on the quality of life rather than longevity is so important for these kids who are sick of having needles poked in them.

That was the initial snowball – but then I started going out and talking about what I was doing and I met so many people who have had wishes granted, or their boyfriend’s had a wish granted, or grandchild, or friend... Then all of a sudden I realised just how much Make-A-Wish has impacted everyone around us – and that’s when I upped the fundraising target from 10K to 20K.

alex and his huge team in make a wish t-shirts

When I initially spoke to Kim in the Events team she told me I could buy 25 Tough Mudder places. I had a friend with a broken leg sign up – so after that I wasn’t taking no for an answer. We filled them and bought 25 more.