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In December 2014 we chartered 3 flights to Lapland to meet Father Christmas, and invited families from across the Northwest to join us at Centre Parcs.

We also continued fulfilling the Wishes of children with life threatening illnesses up and down the UK.

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    Featured Events

  • Sun 6 Dec The Leicester Santa Fun Run
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Calling all Santa’s! It’s time to get into the festive mood and put your running shoes on – and all for a good cause. On your marks, get set, ho ho ho! Come and join in the fun on Sunday 6th December 2015 at Victoria Park, Leicester. 

  • Sun 13 Dec Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk 2015
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk 2015 Calling all Santa’s! It’s time to get into the festive mood and put your running shoes on – and all for a good cause.

  • Sat 24 Sep Belmond Northern Belle Day Trip to Bath 2016
    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Please join us on our special day trip to Bath on Saturday 24th September 2016. Any profits from this specially chartered trip will help to make dreams come true for children living with life threatening and terminal illnesses. 


Welcome to When You Wish Upon a Star

Dream making for sick children...


When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness, aged 2-16 years. Our Wishes have the power to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and since 1990 we have proudly granted over 16,000 Wishes across the UK.

Some children Wish to be a fairy princess or soldier for the day, meet celebrities or sporting heroes that range from the Red Arrows to Mary Berry and others Wish for a laptop to keep in contact with their friends and family whilst in hospital. One of our most popular Wishes remains the exciting opportunity to swim with dolphins and meet all their favourite characters in Disneyland.

In addition to our Wishes throughout the year, we also organise a number of days out and treats for the children like our incredible Harry Potter-themed trips on-board the beautiful Belmond Northern Belle train, where characters entertain the children on their journey with weird and wonderful magic, flying broomsticks, props and costumes, keeping them amazed and entertained all day.

We believe every child deserves to smile and with your support we can provide time away, giving children and their families something to look forward to through times of uncertainty and often financial as well as emotional strain. Wishes allow the family to put their child’s illness on hold as they have fun and create precious memories.

Every donation big or small brings a seriously ill child’s Wish closer to being granted. There are many ways you can help by joining in one of our events, supporting us through your community group or school, volunteering or becoming one of our corporate partners.   

Each December the charity charters several aircraft and enables hundreds of children to swap hospital beds for sleigh rides transporting them away from appointments, treatments and injections to the winter wonderland of Lapland on board our Santa Express flights and we also host a wonderful Winter Wonderland weekend at Center Parcs.