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In December 2015 we successfully chartered 2 magical flights to Lapland for the children from Scotland and the Midlands to meet Father Christmas. We also had pleasure in inviting families from across the Northwest to join us at Centre Parcs and the children from Lincs/Yorks region were treated to an amazing luxury trip on the Northern Belle Santa Express train

We continued fulfilling the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness across the whole of the UK.


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    Featured Events

  • Sat 4 Jun Yorkshire Three Peaks
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    The circular route is approx. 23 miles in length and involves 5000 ft (1600 metres) of vertical ascent. The terrain is varied, including mountain paths, grassy slopes, farm tracks, and short sections of steep rocky scrambling. Starting out in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and continuing on to Pen Y Ghent Summmit from there they will pass the famous Ribblehead Viaduct as they snake their way up to Whernside Summit, and Igleborouth Summit, before finally descending back to Horton!

  • Sat 18 Jun Edinburgh Night Ride 2016
    7:00 PM - 7:00 AM

    The sun sets, the city sleeps and hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets to conquer the 50 mile route for charity. Whether you’re an expert Night Rider or it’s your first time, join us and see the stunning city of Edinburgh in a new light!


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.