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PostSubject: Make-A-Wish Foundation UK - Our New Charity!   1st March 2012, 22:10


Charity Registration Nos. 295672/SC037479

As you all know, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK is our nominated charity for 2012, and you can see that our site header now confirms our support officially started today (1st March 2012), and will run until 28th February 2013.

Here is some information taken from the Make-A-Wish website, explaining a bit about who they are, and the fantastic work that they do:

Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK is a charity with a single purpose – we grant magical wishes to children and young people aged 3-17 fighting life-threatening conditions.


  • Make-A-Wish has granted more than 7,400 magical wishes over 25 years. We know that our wishes transform lives!


  • Over 20,000 children in the UK are living with a life-threatening condition, a figure validated by research commissioned by Make-A-Wish. At a human level, we believe few things can be more important, or more deserving, than giving a seriously ill child the chance to have their wish come true, with all the hope, expectation and happiness that brings.


  • This year alone 1,400 children will turn to us to have their special wish granted. And we want to grant a wish to every one of these.


  • For many families the Make-A-Wish memory can be the last happy memory they have of their child having fun in a magical world, surrounded by family and friends – rather than memories of days and weeks of painful treatments and hospitalisation. The memory of the wish may be of their child laughing and enjoying being a princess or zoo keeper for the day or meeting a favourite celebrity. In years to come, the family can look back and remember that special time.


  • Make-A-Wish is expert in wishgranting; it is all that we do, each and every day.


  • At present we are granting around 75 wishes a month and our ambition is to grant 85 wishes every month by the end of 2012.


  • We need to raise at least £6.8 million this year if we are to realise this aim.


  • Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK was launched in June 1986 and for the first six years we operated from offices above a shop in Camberley, Surrey. We are still in Camberley today.
     

  • Four wishes were granted in the first year, 13 in the second and by the end of the third year, 100 wishes had been granted.


  • 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 – the 10th anniversary party of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK. 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.


Make-A-Wish is about passion, expertise, trust and fairness. Our wishes are about magic, hope, smiles and memories.


We look forward to supporting Make-A-Wish and hopefully raising a nice sum to help them grant even more wishes!

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PostSubject: Re: Make-A-Wish Foundation UK - Our New Charity!   1st March 2012, 22:25

Here here and after visiting their offices in Camberley you can see how the staff are all committed to the cause Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Make-A-Wish Foundation UK - Our New Charity!   1st March 2012, 22:28

Most of you know that our very own Sally (CSnMartha) works for Make-A-Wish. The first thing we can do as a club, is to try and help them win £10,000!

Please see Sally's thread below, and if you haven't already helped her, please do! Very Happy

http://surreynewmini.forumotion.com/t4802-please-help-make-a-wish-win-10000

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PostSubject: Re: Make-A-Wish Foundation UK - Our New Charity!   1st March 2012, 22:33

Here's another way that everyone can help raise money if you shop on Amazon.....

http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/news-and-events/news/shop-on-amazon-and-help-grant-wishes/

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