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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Blogmas Day 4 - Make a Wish, make a difference

Make a wish Foundation is a UK and International Charity that I hold close to my heart, was launched in 1986, and since then it has granted over 8,100 wishes to Children and Young people who are living with life threatening conditions. 

In 2012, around '1400 children and young people turned to Make a Wish Foundation to have a special wish granted' and Make a Wish wants to grant this to all of them.  

They needed £6.8million to achieve this and over 650 volunteers. 

Without this Charity the dreams of the seriously ill would not come true.  

This Christmas, why not do something special and donate to this Charity. 
If each and everyone of you (my followers) clicked on this link along with me now and donated just £1.00 that would be £350!  Amazing just like that.  I"m not here to force people to donate but at this time of year, I think it is important to take five minutest to think of people less fortunate that ourselves.  And today I have been thinking of them.  

'Make-A-Wish is affiliated to Make-A-Wish Foundation® international - It is now the largest wishgranting organisation in the world and helps to serve children in 48 countries on five continents through its 36 affiliate offices.'

Some Wishes  (taken from the website)-

  • The very first wish was for Anthony from Liverpool who, with his family, went to meet the Disney characters in Disney World, Florida.

  • Our 100th wish in 1989 was also the first wish to be granted in Scotland. 16 year old Clark from Balerno wished to go on a US aircraft carrier and see an F14 jet. This very exciting wish took place in the Mediterranean only two weeks before Heads of State joined the ship for a summit meeting.

  • In November 1989 the first wish in Wales was granted. 14 year old Louise from Rhyl went with her family to experience all the sights and thrills of Disney World, Florida.

  • Also that month, the first wish in Northern Ireland was granted. 16 year old Gary from Benburb wished to visit his uncle who worked at Disneyland, California. Very sadly, Gary died a short while after his wish.

  • 1,000th wish – Jessica, aged ten and from Grimsby, had her wish, to meet the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, granted at a very special occasion – Make-A-Wish UK's 10th anniversary party. The huge Beast, as tall as the ceiling, entered the room carrying a red rose. He approached Jessica, who was dressed in her pretty yellow Beauty dress, and invited her onto the dance floor. There wasn't a dry eye in the room!
  • 5,000th wish – ten year old Ciara from Wigan, living with a Brain Tumour, had her wish granted in August 2008 when she was a model for the day in London.
  • 7,000th wish – 16 year old Marcus from Goole, a keen physics student, lives with a Brain Tumour. He had an unusual wish – he wanted to visit CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva. Marcus was able to meet some very distinguished physicists during a vist that was arranged in August 2011 with the help of colleagues from Make-A-Wish Switzerland.

  • 8,000th wish – 15 year old Mischka, who lives with cancer, lost her hair due to her treatment and was bullied at school as a result, causing her to lose confidence. We granted her wish for a confidence-boosting makeover day with Nicky Hambleton-Jones, and she really enjoyed the chance to look and feel great again.

I don't know about you but reading all about this brought a tear to my eye but also warmed my heart. 
Love Laura xxx

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