When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the Wishes of children aged 4 to 16 living with a life threatening illness. The charity was founded in Nottingham by Barbara White who was so inspired by a seriously ill four year old with a dream to meet Mickey Mouse that she wanted to bring smiles to the faces of many more brave and courageous children. Our Wishes have the power to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and since 1990 we have proudly granted over 18,500 Wishes across the UK.
In addition to our Wishes throughout the year, we also organise a number of days out and treats for the children like our incredible Harry Potter-themed trips on-board the beautiful Belmond Northern Belle train, where characters entertain the children on their journey, keeping them amazed and entertained all day.
Every December the charity also enables hundreds of children to swap hospital beds for sleigh rides transporting them away from appointments, treatments and injections to the winter wonderland of Lapland on board our Santa Express flights.
Stories for Stars was founded in 2020 by father and daughter team Russell and Leah Dever, and creates special edition classic story books that can be personalised with a free dedication and a unique registered star. There are currently a range of 8 stories with more books coming soon. All the books are beautifully illustrated and can be sent anywhere in the world. Stories for Stars will donate a percentage of the profit for each book sold to When You Wish Upon A Star
Alex Byers, Regional Fundraiser at When You Wish Upon a Star said ‘It is wonderful that this lovely business would like to support the work that we do for our Wish children and their families. Each Wish we grant brings with it the opportunity to look forward to something very special, to forget about their often painful treatments and to simply be a child for the day, creating special treasured memories for the whole family.”
For more information on the work of When You Wish Upon a Star please visit their website www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk and to see the beautiful books at Stories for Stars visit www.storiesforstars.com
Originally published on www.yorkshire-business.co.uk by West & North Yorkshire Chamber