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Dreams and Wishes

Believe in Magic

Created by Meg, a 16 year old with constant pain Believe in Magic provides special and once in a life time activities for children of all ages who are seriously or terminally ill living in the UK.

Magical experiences can include anything the child can think of. Children who are too ill or in hospital or hospice will receive a special gift such as an ipod or mobile phone.

Anyone can refer a child by downloading the Referral Form from the website.

Dial a Dream

Dial a Dream aims to fulfill the dreams of children diagnosed with life limiting and life threatening illness. It is open to children aged 3 to 18 years.

Past dreams have included trips to Florida, EuroDisney, meeting a sporting hero or favourite musician.

Parents are able to nominate their child by completing an application form. The form can be downloaded following acceptance of the charity's terms and conditions.


Dreamflight organises holidays of a lifetime to seriously ill and disabled children without their parents to Orlando, Florida.

The ten day holiday for children and young people aged 8 to 14 years is accompanied by a team of medical carers who provide 24 hour care that includes a doctor, physiotherapist and 3 nurses. Additional non medical care also support the children.

The charity select children who will benefit from the experience and are able to cope with the long flight and pace of the holiday.

To nominate a child for Dreamflight the child's consultant or nurse will need to contact the charity on 10494 722733 or email:

Dream Makers

Dream Makers Children's Charity grants the wishes and dreams of ill and disabled children.

The wishes could be a holiday at Disney World, Lapland, or swimming with the dolphins. They also provide funding for therapy, wheelchairs and other equipment including special outdoor play areas in the child's home.

For children who are too ill to travel long distances the charity have 4 eight berth mobile holiday homes in Torbay, Devon.

To apply contact Juney on 0121 711 8982 or email at Alternatively, write to Dream Makers, 37 Malborough Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B36 0EH.

Dreams Come True

Dreams come True provides children and young adults (2-21 years) with severe and life threatening illnesses the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Each dream is unique but past dreams have included swimming with the dolphins, a seaside holiday, a TV and a music centre.

To apply complete the on line contact form to request a Dreams pack.

The Dream Team Charity

The Dreams Team grants the dreams and wishes of sick, terminally ill and disabled children.

Past dreams have included meeting Ant and Dec, a Christmas trip to Lapland, the provision of specialist car seating and computer equipment.

To nominate a child contact the Dream Team for an application form.

Hannah's Holiday Homes

Hannah's Holiday Homes for sick children and their families was set up in memory of Hannah Westbrook who sadly died aged 8 years.

It offers free breaks from the grueling treatments of hospital at three locations in luxury holiday homes.

The homes are located in the New Forest, Hayling Island and Milford-on-sea.

It is also able to offer the homes to families where someone very special has died.

For more information use the contact form on the website.

Hopes and Dreams

The Hopes and Dreams charity aims to turn the hopes and dreams of chronically, seriously or terminally ill children and young adults (aged 5 to 17 years) into a reality.

Children are asked to choose three dreams in order of preference and the reasons why they would be impossible for them to fulfill. Dreams are varied and have included trips to Disney, meeting a celebrity, their favourite singer to a ride in a helicopter.

Parents, a friend or a teacher can nominate a child. To apply download the application form, covering letter and permission for additional medical information.

Kids in Need

Kids in Need grants wishes to terminally ill/seriously ill children or children with multiple disabilities aged 3 to 19 years.

The wishes vary enormously from meeting a celebrity to a ride in a helicopter.

It will not fund computer equipment and other items that should be provided by Statutory services.

An application form can be downloaded from the website.  The charity also require that the family provide the charity with two completed wish photographs or a video.


Make a Wish Foundation

This organisation grants wishes to children and young people between the ages of 3 and 17 years who have not received a a wish from another charity.

Applications may be made direct by the parents or a professional. Referrals may be made by post or through the on-line wish referral form. The foundation will then contact the child's Consultant to establish eligibility. 

Promise Dreams

Promise Dreams help seriously or terminally ill children under 18 years and their families.

It provides once in a lifetime dreams from holidays to meeting their favourite celebrity. Families are asked to consider fundraising as they may only be able to offer a donation towards the dream.

To apply: download or complete the on-line application form. Two letters of support will be required on headed notepaper confirming the medical condition of the child.

Rays of Sunshine

This charity grants wishes to children aged 3-18 years living with serious or life threatening conditions

There is a medical criteria, divided into four categories. Different types of wishes such as special holidays to Lapland or DisneyLand, a UK holiday or a special day out are offered for each medical category.

A Wish Pack can be downloaded from the website with further details of the Wish Criteria

Round Table Children's Wish

The Round Table Children's Wish is a separate charity to The Round Table but is supported by Round Table members.

It grants wishes for children and young people aged 4 to 17 years who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The child must not have received a wish from another wish granting charity or organisation before.

Past wishes have included a trip the Disneyland Paris, an ipad, a garden playhouse a trip to the theatre and swimming with dolphins. It is the child's wish and the child's choice - not what someone else has chosen.

To apply complete the on-line referral form or write to Round Table Children’s Wish, 857 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH9 2BQ. Telephone: 01202 514515


Starlight grants special wishes to children who are seriously or terminally ill between the ages of 4 to 18 years.

Children are eligible for up to two years from the end their treatment.

Anyone can apply on behalf of the child using the on-line application form.

When you wish upon a star

A wish charity for children aged 2-16 years with life threatening or terminal illnesses.

In addition, the charity also charters 4 planes every December to take 400 children to meet Father Christmas in Lapland. They also have holiday accommodation in England, Spain and Florida for the use of wish children and their families.

To apply: Write direct to the charity with your child's details, a brief medical history and supporting documentation from their consultant.

See Also:

Buttercup Children's Trust

Caudwell Children - Destination Dreams (terminally ill children and their families)

The Dream Factory (Essex)

Dreamz4u - (Scotland)

Follow Your Dreams (young people with learning difficulties)

Make a Dream (Leeds and Yorkshire)

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