Annual Report | Make-A-Wish
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2017 at a glance - how your support changes lives

Every year, hundreds of children turn to us to grant their One True Wish and we can’t make those a life-changing reality without the support of people like you.

In 2017, thousands of fundraisers, donors and volunteers came together to help turn wishes into life-changing realities.

Last year, we granted 905 life-changing wishes to seriously ill children in the UK, making a huge difference to those children, their families and communities across the country.

A wish coming true gives a child an improved quality of life, stronger sense of self-worth and a higher self-regard. The wish builds confidence and gives the children and their families something to look forward to – giving hope at a time when it’s most needed. 

“The wish has given Ollie the positivity and confidence to strive to go on.” Anna, wish mum.

In 2017, our wish families told us;

Quality of life

84% reported an increase in the wish child’s quality of life


Something to look forward to

96% said the wish gave the wish child something to look forward to



91% felt a greater sense of family closeness



89% felt more positive or hopeful

Fantastic Experiences

“We want to dilute the bad memories with these fantastic experiences and today has given us probably the best experience of their lives so far.”

Michael, wish dad

You can read more on the impact our wishes had and what went in to making those wishes a reality by reading our 2017 Annual Review