We have made Dreams Come True for children and young people in the UK with serious and life limiting illnesses for over 30 years.
There are an estimated 55,000 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in the UK and sadly, every year, 18,000 require end-of-life care. Often this means endless hospital visits, gruelling treatments and the challenges and restrictions of a long-term debilitating condition. Our caring team go above and beyond to create every dream, working closely with families, carers and health professionals to make a positive and lasting difference children and their families.
Alana's Dream Trike
Alana is 9 years old and has autism. With a life full of frustrations, Alana enjoys sensory activities which help her to feel calm. As part of a big family, Alana was left out when her cousins went scooter riding, and her dream was to have an adapted trike of her very own. We delivered Alana’s trike on Christmas Eve and her Mum said, “She’s loved every minute, full of confidence …… and one very happy girl.” Alana's dream is part of our Hidden Communities programme, reaching out to families in the most disadvantaged communities.
A Dream can be for equipment – a specially adapted trike, a wheelchair that allows a sense of freedom or a bedroom or garden makeover to create a special and safe place for a child with limited mobility to call their own. A Dream Come True is empowering, enriching and helps the recipient to see beyond the day-to-day, to focus on what they can do, rather than on what they cannot. Many of these children and young people have short lives. A Dream offers hope, it supports mental resilience and well-being, reduces isolation and enables the recipient to feel included and have something just for them and all about them.
In 2019 the Children’s Commissioner stated that the number of Children and Young People (CYP) living in the most deprived areas was 1,497,315. An estimated 30,000 have a serious and life-limiting illness, qualifying for a Dream of their very own, far beyond what we can currently provide. Sadly, the least fortunate are being left behind.
Carson's Dream Climbing Frame
Tracheomalacia and oesophageal atresia means a membrane in Carson’s airway restricts breathing and he often has respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. He is fed through a tube and playtime is challenging for this typically boisterous and charming 4-year-old. Carson’s Dream was to have a climbing frame to play on with his sister, a Dream businesses in Glasgow made happen. Ashley, Carson’s mum told us, “A climbing frame allows him to get the exercise he needs, right in the garden where I can keep an eye on him, and he can come inside to rest in the house when he’s had enough’.
Alana and Carson are just some of the children and young people we support and we can only do it with your help. If you have a moment, please take a look at our videos below and on behalf of all our young Dreamers… Thank You!