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Zoe, wish mum

“Dear Alfie,

You stood in the living room, held an imaginary mic to your mouth and burst into song. ‘Hakuna Matata!... What a wonderful phrase. It means no worries, for the rest of your days…’

Alfie and his mum Zoe at Disneyland

Claire, wish mum

Claire, mother of wish child Milo, wrote to us a year after her son's wish to say thank you and explain what the wish really meant to them. 

Milo laughing at Disney

Lois, wish sister

freya and her sister kissing her cheek

Dear Freya,

It feels like only yesterday that I got that call from mum to say you’d been taken into hospital, the last 4 years have been such a blur.

When you first started with the sickness, headaches and dizziness, I, nor any of our family, thought it was anything serious.

You hear all these stories about cancer but you never think it is going to happen to your own family.

I remember mum running up to me, I was volunteering at my local Brownie group and she told me the optician had found something behind your eyes.

Her face said it all. It all went so quickly – from then onwards, minutes turned into hours, hours into days, days into weeks and weeks into months which you spent in hospital.

Amy, wish child

amy and her little sister in hospital

Dear Gemma,

You were only 10 when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. Initially we didn’t want to tell you as you were so little. It was a scary time for everyone and we didn’t want you getting upset.

I can’t imagine what it was like for you trying to understand everything that was going on.

But you were my little side kick… having you beside me in the ward torturing me, playing games and even arguing with me kept me going.

Oh and not to forget how you were my dancing partner! Those hours we spent choreographing and practising routines in the corridors of the hospital ward (as strange as we may have looked), I really appreciated.

Those moments are what kept me strong and gave me determination.

Things were all looking up at Christmas that year, we were back on track and I was healthy again. You had your big sister back at home and life was back to normal.