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When You Wish Upon a Star

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When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the wishes of children living with a life-threatening illness, aged 4-16 years.

Some children wish to be a fairy princess or soldier for the day, meet celebrities or sporting heroes (that range from the Red Arrows to Mary Berry), and others wish for a laptop to keep in contact with their friends and family whilst in hospital. One of the most popular wishes remains the opportunity to swim with dolphins and meet all their favourite characters in Disney World, Florida.

When You Wish Upon a Star are happy to receive initial wish enquiries from parents or guardians. Please contact them by phone 0115 9791720 or email [email protected] stating your child's name, age, address, medical condition, brief medical history, and your contact telephone number.

When You Wish Upon a Star is a registered charity (no. 1060963).

National Organisation
Age range
Suitable for ages from 4 years to 17 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
Medical Conditions
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Health Condition
  • Age Range - Early Years
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support


Futurist House, Valley Road, Basford
United Kingdom


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Last updated 12 April 2024