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An 'animaltastic' wish for Maisie!

News release for immediate use
December 2014

An ‘animaltastic’ wish for Maisie!


Ten year old Maisie Chamberlain was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January 2014. Maisie is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment and during this difficult time has been missing her brother Jack who lives in London. Although Maisie is apart from her brother, she spends lots of time with her pets and adores animals. So Make-A-Wish® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, combined Maisie’s two favourite things and granted her wish to visit her brother in London for an animal themed weekend…

Maisie, from Sale, travelled to London for her first animal themed treat – a trip to the theatre to see ‘The Lion King’ with her mum and Jack! Usually Maisie finds it difficult to get up in the morning as she gets very tired, but the next day she jumped out of bed ready for a special zookeeper experience at ZSL London Zoo. After enjoying a tour of the zoo she was treated to a close-up ‘Meet the Owls’ encounter as these are one of her favourite animals. Maisie and her family were also taken to the rainforest exhibit at the zoo to ‘Meet the Rainforest’ where they got to feed the monkeys!  A video of the wish can be viewed here:

Mum Janet said: “It was incredible to see a real smile on Maisie’s face - she hadn’t smiled properly for six months. It was great for her to spend time with her brother and the wish took away the fact that she has leukaemia – we didn’t have to think about hospitals or treatment which was brilliant.”

When she was first diagnosed, Maisie underwent an aggressive course of chemotherapy for six months. During this time she was in hospital for up to eight weeks and was in isolation for three days following an infection.  Maisie began a course of maintenance chemotherapy in September 2014 which will continue into 2015.

Mum Janet said: “The wish has been an emotional boost for Maisie after a really difficult year. It will help her move forward with her treatment and cope with whatever comes next – it is something positive that she can talk about and focus on instead of thinking about the cancer.”

There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition. This year, we hope to grant 900 wishes and need to raise £7 million to continue granting wishes in the future.  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: or telephone 01276 40 50 70.

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For more information about this news release please contact:

Charlotte Capper: T: 01276 405093 M: 07557563214 E: [email protected]


Notes to editors:

  1. The family are available for interview.
  2. A video of this wish can be viewed here:
  3. More photos available.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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


Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL’s mission is realised through ground-breaking science, active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For more information visit