Media Fact & Figures

  • When You Wish Upon A Star was formed in 1990 by Trustee Barbara White OBE MinstF
  • Our Head Office is based in Nottingham - where it was founded, with regional offices in Stockport, Grimsby and Strathaven in Scotland.
  • We have 18 members of staff and numerous volunteers across each region
  • When You Wish Upon A Star are proud to have granted over 15,000 Wishes to date
  • There are 20,000 children living in the UK with a life-threatening illness (Source: Association of Children's Hospices)
  • When You Wish Upon A Star are a non-government funded charity and therefore every penny counts that's raised
  • When You Wish Upon A Star believes that as the whole family is impacted by a child's illness and the whole family should be involved in the Wish
  • Many celebrities who have fulfilled and supported Wishes include; Leona Lewis, David Beckham, Ant & Dec, Sue Cleaver, Lewis Hamilton, JLS, The Wanted, Simon Cowell, Fern Cotton and Jeremy Spake to name but a few!

In the News

Four-year-old Fenton youngster Jacob Grayley told he has blood disorder affecting just 75 people in the world

Read more: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Fenton-youngster-Jacob-Grayley-aged-told-blood/story-20412699-detail/story.html#ixzz2qHqZURIr

Hundreds of Santas go on the run for charity in Abbey Park

Leicester Mercury 11th Dec 2013 Click here for details..

Santa Run photos from Leicester Mercury Click here for gallery...

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Santa suit challenge for doting dad

Hinkley Times 5th Dec 2013 See article..

Chamber Member Delivers Egg-ceptional Easter to Youngsters

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce read more..

Bikers drop off 2,120 Easter Eggs for Kids

Nottingham Post Monday 9th April 2012 Full Story..

Roll of Honour

Nottingham Evening Post 31st Dec 2011. Read more

Cracker Appeal Boosts Charities

Nottingham Evening Post 31st Dec 2011. See article

Father and son's marathon effort to help sick children

Nottingham Evening Post 12th December 2011. Click here for full story

Help charity at airport fair

Nottingham Evening Post 12th December 2011. Read more

250 people turn out at Great Nottingham Santa Run

Nottingham Evening Post 12th Dec 2011. Read More

Dreams Can Come True

Daily Star 12th Dec 2011. Read full story

Soap on a Slope

The Sun 9th Dec 2011. Click here to see article

Dreams do come true! Magical Wish Upon A Star calendar shows how the charity puts smiles on the faces of sick children

Mail Online 9th Dec 2011. Read more

Rugby Santas scrum down to send sick children to Lapland

Nottingham Evening Post 8th Dec 2011. Read full story

Be a Santa runner and help to send children to Lapland

Nottingham Evening Post 6th Dec 2011. See story

Leciester Santa Run Pictures

Leicester Mercury 4th Dec 2011. Take a peek

Santas make a dash to help good causes

Leicester Mercury 5th Dec 2011. Read More

A fund-raising calendar to put smile on faces of sick children

Nottingham Evening Post 28th Nov 2011. Read full story

Plea to help sick kids meet Santa

Evening Times 30th Nov 2011 Read More

Rotary club's big night of firework fun

Nottingham Evening Post 4th Nov 2011 Full Story

Pub's 'amazing' effort to make Santa trip a reality

Nottingham Evening Post 7th Nov 2011 Find full Story


McKenzie's Birthday Wish Surprise

wearebarnsley.com/news 20th Sept 2011 Full story..

Dream trip to Florida for poorly Georga 

Leicester Mercury 21st July 2011 Read full story..

Star Shines On

Charity Football competition to be held at Calveton FC- 12 teams - £5 per person in memory of Eliese Argyle.

Nottingham Post 13th July 2011 Find out more...

Football legends will get their boots on for charity

Nottingham Post 12th July 2011 Read more.....

Casino staff get on their bikes

Nottingham Post 6th July 2011 Read full story...

Charity arranges for birthday boy to spend a week at Center Parcs

Grimsby Telegraph - 6th July 2011For the full story follow this link....

Dad on Mission to raise money for garden in memory of Oliver.

Nottingham Post 4th July 2011 Read More....

Parents walk Hadrian's Wall

A determinated group of parents are walking Hadrian's wall to raise funds for a children's charity. www.justgiving.com/clawsonwalkers

Melton Times - 1st July 2011 Read the full story......

Webb back to play for Forest Veterans

Neil Webb is the latest edition to the Forest Vets side for the second leg of their annual charity match with Leicester Legends, at Dunkirk FC on Sunday, July 24 (3pm).

Nottingham Post - 30th June 2011  Find out more..

Lee in training for charity climb

A SCARBOROUGH man is preparing to hit new heights in aid of a children's charity.

Scarborough Evening News - 27th June 2011 Find out more here....

People will get the chance to have their feet nibbled by fish while raising money for seriously-ill children

Nottingham Post - 20th May 2011

Over £500 raised

Club staff from Notts County FC took part in a friendly on the meadow lane pitch to raise money for charity.

16th May 2011 Follow the link to read more....

Egg Run Cheque Presentation

Nottingham-based charity When You Wish Upon a Star has received a welcome boost to its annual trip to Lapland, thanks to the generosity of bikers who took part in this year's Nottinghamshire Motorcycle Charity Easter Egg Run.

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When You Wish Upon A Star Charity pays for York boy to visit Thomas the Tank Engine

York Press - 21st April 2011 Click here to read the article

In Memory of Oliver

The classmates of a boy from Nottinghamshire who died from a brain tumour have been remembering him on what would have been his tenth birthday. Oliver Dees' school was a sea of red, as pupils came to lessons dressed in his favourite colour. It comes as Oliver's father prepares for a gruelling mountain trek in Vietnam. Peter Dees is raising money for a charity which has supported the family

Central Tonight - 14th June 2011 .Find out more here...

Poorly children get dream ticket to see winter wonderland

Grimsby Telegragh - Saturday 11th December 2010
To find out more read this article...

Notts children in a magical trip to see Santa in Lapland

Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 11th December 2010
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six-year-old with leukaemia goes on Christmas trip to Lapland

Chester Chronicle - 23rd December 2010 Find out more...

Other pages in this section...

The Team

The Team

How It All Began

How It All Began In 1989, I met a delightful little 4 year old girl Johanna who was very sick, but still managed a smile!

Apply For A Wish

Apply For A Wish Wish Granting Criteria