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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! 

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