Heartache behind the 35 years of a kind mother who makes the wishes of poor children come true


By Jason Beattie

For the majority of families, this Christmas will be a joyous time of gifts, food and fun.

But for some children, the holiday season will be very different.

Across the country, more than 63,000 young people are seriously ill.

Many will be spending what should be a special time of the year in the hospital.

Others will need treatment, scans or blood tests.

With your help we can give them a Christmas they will always remember.

This year’s Mirror Christmas Appeal is raising funds for Make-A-Wish UK which helps critically ill youth make their dreams come true.

They may want to meet their hero or heroine, feed an animal at the zoo, or visit Santa in Lapland.

The money raised could help Joshua, six, who suffers from severe epilepsy, fulfill his wish for a makeover in his room or Summer, also six, who suffers from acute leukemia and dreams of a bouncy castle.

Each year, Make-A-Wish helps hundreds of critically ill children achieve their lifelong ambition.

But to make a wish come true requires an army of volunteers, supporters and donors.

That’s why every penny you donate can make a difference.

Making a wish come true can transform a child’s life. It gives them something to look forward to.

For others, it provides special memory that makes the processing they need more bearable.

It can also help their parents who, despite all they can for their sick child, feel that it is not enough.

Jason Suckley, Managing Director of Make-A-Wish UK, said: “I met the family of a boy who was recovering from brain surgery.

“Her grandmother told me how difficult it was for her to watch her daughter struggle with the challenges of her son’s condition.

“But as they were enjoying her wish together, her daughter turned to her and said, ‘There is still magic in this world, isn’t there mum?’ .

“This is just one example of how the power of a wish lies in sharing positive memories with loved ones.

“Every donation from Mirror readers will help us create those memories – bringing joy to sick children and their families during their darkest times.”


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