I'm a child over the age of 16

Referring yourself for a wish

If you're a child aged over 16 with a serious illness and would like to receive a wish, you’ve certainly come to the right place. You’re at the start of a journey that will lead to a magical, memorable experience, crafted just for you.

Get started today!

1 - Check if you're eligible for a wish
You can see our comprehensive list online. Doing this will save you time later and be helpful for the application.

View our eligibility criteria

2 - Ask a health or social care professional to apply for a wish for you
You'll either already have people you can ask (see our list below) as you see them about your condition or can ask someone you know who has a job in these areas.

3 - Direct your health or social care professional to our website
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online so please send them to our website.

Referring yourself for a wish

If you're a child aged over 16 with a serious illness and would like to receive a wish, you’ve certainly come to the right place. You’re at the start of a journey that will lead to a magical, memorable experience, crafted just for you.

Get started

Follow these three steps to start your wish journey

1 - Check if you're eligible for a wish

Find out if you're eligible for a wish by checking our list of eligible conditions.
You need to be a UK resident, aged between three and 17 years, and fighting a critical illness.
You shouldn't have received a wish from us before or from another wishgranting organisation. 
We can accept your application if we receive it before the day of your 18th birthday.

2 - Ask a health or social care professional to apply for a wish for you

You'll no doubt be speaking to a variety of health or social care professionals during the course of your treatment and you can ask any of the professionals in our list below to make a referral on your behalf. 

3 - Direct your health or social care professional to our website

Your health or social care professional can submit an application on the Make-A-Wish UK website. It’s the fastest and easiest way to apply.

If you have any questions about the referral process, please contact our Wish Qualifications Team on 0118 304 2776 or via email to referrals@makeawish.org.uk.

Definition of Health and Social Care Professionals

Health Professionals
Doctors, nurses and other specific health providers, such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists etc who are registered with a UK Regulatory Body.

Social Care Professionals
Local Authority social workers, or charity / independent / public sector social care workers who provide advice and support to individuals around local care needs, physical, emotional and practical

Wish stories

As you wait for your application to reach us, it's time to think about what you will wish for. Get some inspiration from other children and young people’s wish stories.

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Charlie

11 years old

Cancer

"I wish to have a Nintendo Switch"

100% funded

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Casey

8 years old

SWAN (syndrome without a name)

"I wished to have a spa pool!"

100% funded