Make-A-Wish® UK has granted its 10,000th wish to 9 year old Ben Harnwell from Fife.
Ben was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2011. During this difficult time, Ben became really interested in all things food related and watched cooking programmes when he was in hospital. So, when he turned to Make-A-Wish, it came as no surprise that he wished to be a chef for the day…
Ben travelled in a limousine to Le Bistro Beaumartin in Glasgow, where he was met by head chef, Andrew Stott. Andrew presented Ben with his very own chef outfit and the pair hit it off right away – Ben’s mum Michelle described them as ‘two peas in a pod!’ Ben spent the afternoon making a special food buffet for his family, which included pizza, steak, snails and frogs’ legs! Footage of the wish can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/x1pXj1JbhwQ
Ben had three years of cancer treatment, including intensive chemotherapy, platelets, steroids and blood transfusions. He put on a lot of weight, lost his hair and for a period of time used a wheelchair – even now he can’t run like he did before.
Mum Michelle said: “Ben lost a lot of confidence during his treatment, which was the saddest thing. However, the fact that he can stand up and say he went to a restaurant to be a chef makes him feel special and important.”
She continued: “Make-A-Wish touch the hearts of children that are going through things other people may never understand; they give children confidence, smiles and happiness. A wish is more than that though – it is about independence and achieving something, which is what Ben has done. A wish isn’t something you get every day, which makes it very special. We have wonderful memories to look back on.”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and over 1,000 of them will turn to Make-A-Wish this year. We want to grant a wish to every eligible child, but can’t do that without the generosity of the public. Make-A-Wish receives no government funding – so every donation really does count.
To make a donation or refer a child to Make-A-Wish please visit our website here: www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 70.
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Notes to editors:
- Footage of the wish can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/x1pXj1JbhwQ
- Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
- Please note that Make-A-Wish does not use phrases such as ‘terminally ill’ in order to respect the sensitive nature of life-threatening conditions and what they mean to children and young people and their families. We would ask that this approach is followed and that the term ‘life-threatening conditions’ is used in material for publication.
- Make-A-Wish should be referred to as Make-A-Wish® UK in the first instance. Thereafter ‘Make-A-Wish’ is suitable. We would ask that you try to keep ‘Make-A-Wish’ on the same line.
- Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986. Registered charity number: 295672/SC037479 www.make-a-wish.org.uk.