Granting wishes through the threat of COVID-19
The Child of Wales Awards is honoured to be supporting Dreams & Wishes, a volunteer-run charity that works with the families of sick children across the UK, providing vital support throughout the child’s illness and helping to build happy memories by making wishes come true.
In these unprecedented times, we caught up with Dreams and Wishes to see how the charity is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity has had to change some working practices in order to protect the health of its volunteers, the children it supports and their families. This has sadly meant postponing several events including its highly anticipated Italian Passion for Speed event in Cardiff, showcasing spectacular high performance cars and bikes which has now been rearranged for November 2020.
However, wherever possible, the charity is continuing to grant the dreams and wishes of seriously ill children and their families. Wendy Hobbs, Business Ambassador for Dreams & Wishes charity, explained:
“It is important that the charity continues to grant as many wishes as possible. Sadly, a child we support recently lost his battle with cancer highlighting the fact that suffering continues notwithstanding the coronavirus outbreak. It is therefore vital that our work does not stop during this distressing time.
“Fighting life-threatening and long-term illnesses is heart breaking for both a child and their support network. We understand that every child is unique with their own dreams and wishes, and our aim is to help every child we work fulfil their dream or wish, taking their mind off their illness and letting them be a child for a moment.
“Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, we were delighted to grant one child with their wish of a fantastic GoKart and helmet, which he thoroughly deserved for everything that he has been through. It was wonderful to see him smile and grant the wish of a very brave and courageous young person.”
If you would like more information about the charity, or you would like to help grant a wish to seriously ill children and their families, please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - https://www.dreamsandwishescharity.org/