Laura Fisher of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK on granting children’s wishes
As the winter is drawing in and our thoughts move towards Christmas, it is at this time of year when I get super excited as Neom Organics reveal a new version of their limited edition Christmas Wish Candle and Reed Diffuser, to be sold in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK. Neom Organics have been charity partners of ours since 2007 and children across the UK living with life-threatening conditions have been benefiting from sales of the Christmas Wish products since then. Whether a wish is to be a princess or a train driver for the day, to own the latest TV or computer equipment, to meet a favourite celebrity or to just enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish coming true brings so much to a child’s life and provides memories that last a lifetime for the whole family.
All the staff here at Make-A-Wish, including our very special wish granters, like to gather to experience the magical, warming and very Christmassy fragrance as it circulates around our office.
There are 20,000 children in the UK with a life-threatening condition and here at Make-A-Wish we would like to be able to grant a wish to every one of them. Your purchase of the Christmas Wish Candle and Diffuser will help us to achieve our aim – so sit back and relax this Christmas, knowing that you have helped us to keep granting our magical wishes.
One special wish was for three year old Allanya. Allanya loves dressing up and her favourite Disney princess is Belle. Allanya was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) after falling unwell a few months before her third birthday.
Treatment started quickly afterwards – she had a bone marrow lumbar puncture before undergoing a chemotherapy course, which made her lose her hair. “Allanya had long, blonde, curly hair before treatment started; it was beautiful,” her Mum Carolyn said. “She asked where her hair had gone and we told her that it had gone to the ‘hair fairies’!”
Make-A-Wish arranged for a day fit for a princess at Cameron House on Loch Lomond. Allanya started her wish with beauty treatments before putting on her special princess dress and walking the red carpet which led to a horse-drawn carriage. She enjoyed a ride around the grounds with her family before taking a trip in a yacht to have afternoon tea – which of course included a cake in the shape of a castle!
Carolyn continued: “Allanya’s wish came at such a perfect time – knowing we had the wish to look forward to got us through the seven days in hospital.”
To view some more of our wishes, please visit www.youtube.com/user/makeawishuk
Visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk to learn more about the wishes we grant and find out ways you can support us.