Tuesday 29th April is World Wish Day, a very important occasion.

It was the wish of seven-year-old Leukaemia sufferer Chris Greicius to become a police officer. When police heard about this they wanted to help and granted his wish. Young Chris was a police officer for one day on the 29th April 1980. Others heard about this and thought that granting wishes for sick children was a good idea. So, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded and became one of the best-known children’s charities in the world.

World Wish Day is all about making dreams come true for sick children. You can do this however suits you best, from simply donating to the charity to help them carry out amazing work, to visiting the children’s ward of a hospital to read them stories, or using your connections and resources to create a truly outstanding opportunity for a sick child, like riding a fire engine or meeting Batman.

I’m thankful that there haven’t been any serious child illnesses in my family, and I certainly don’t know what it’s like to be a parent in such a situation, but I can say that I’ve been donating to Make-A-Wish via direct debit for a few years now. It’s very easy to set one up; simply visit the website and give whatever you can. And remember that a few quid or dollars, something that might buy you a bite to eat or a magazine that you’ll throw away after a day, could go towards making a young child’s wish come true.

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