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Top Tips

Jamie, wish child

Explaining hospital stays to children can be difficult and daunting. We've put together some top tips on what it's like to be on a paediatric ward, written by 7 year old Jamie (with a little help from his mum Susan!) 

jamie on a sleeper train

Hey, I'm Jamie and I'm 7 years old!

My mum has just told me the awesome news that I'm having a sleepover at Professor Peet's hospital today.

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We've rounded up some amazing accessible family days out with the kids. We've got lots of ideas: from outdoor activities, theme parks and even winter sports - check out our advice.

Energetic fun for everyone

Outdoor activity centres 

climbing in a wheelchair

Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. They are specialist providers of outdoor activities for those with disabilities.  Activities are ran for all the family including climbing, abseiling, caving, canoeing, orienteering, sailing, sensory rooms and cycling – plus lots more. 

Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. Their specialist equipment enables all abilities to take part in activities, including hoist facilities for the riding school and pontoon for water activities, climbing supports and adaptive equipment such as paddle grips – and all accommodation is fully accessible – ensuring you and your family have a great time taking part in any activity you want. They have centres in Exmoor, Kielder and the Lake District.

Dawn, Wishgranter

Wishgranter Dawn knows a thing or two about planning an amazing trip to London. She recently put James' lift operator in the big city together. She gives her advice on creating a fabulous wheelchair-friendly visit to the Big Smoke.

dawn at her desk

London: home to the Queen, the Thames, the Tower of London, Dangermouse, hundreds of restaurants and the underground, with its thousands and thousands and thousands of stairs! 

For a wheelchair user a visit to the Capital of England can be a daunting prospect.  Here at Make-A-Wish we’ve learnt a few things over the years which, we hope, helps make a trip to London as stress-free as possible.

The first and most important tip is – plan ahead! 

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We spoke to the Wishgranter behind Lucy's incredible party. Here, Wishgranter Lucy Dowling gives her top 10 tips for organising a magical children's party that's stress-free and perfectly planned!

Lucy Dowling wishgranter

1. Speak to the child about the party they want. 

Parents often think they know what a child wants and they can end up being very disappointed if they plan it on their own without the child’s input.

2. Plan the party at a suitable location which isn’t miles away from home to all the people they will be inviting.

This will help with the logistics of the day for everyone.

3. Let people know about the party in plenty of time.

This stops the child being disappointed if many of their friends and their family’s already have other plans.

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With the arrival of new superhero Electroman, we wanted to give you some tips on making DIY costumes to transform your kids into their very own superheroes.

From jet packs, to capes, lightning bolts and masks – we’ve got you sorted with these incredibly easy methods from around the web. Get creative with your kids and watch them go!

1. Homemade jet pack!

boy with rocket jet pack costume on

Give your little one that extra boost with a cool silver jet pack! This homemade costume is super easy to make – all you need is two litre bottles, felt, webbing and cardboard. It’s sure to bring a smile to your speedy superhero’s face as they race around the playground! Find out how to make it and see lots more tips from Kid Crave here.