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<Wishes are as unique as the children themselves and whether a child wants to be a fireman, meet a real-life mermaid or even the Loch Ness Monster, we work hard to make that wish come true.>

Wish Criteria

For a child to be eligible to have a wish granted by Rays of Sunshine, the child must:

1. Be currently living with a serious or life-limiting illness
2. Aged between three and 18 years of age*
3. Be a UK resident

*applications will be accepted until the day before the child's 18th birthday

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Please note: So that your child’s wish can be considered, this application needs to be completed accurately and in full. We cannot keep wishes open indefinitely, so please only apply when the child is ready to have their wish. Incomplete, misleading or false information could result in delays or rejection of the wish.

In addition: We are no longer accepting paper application forms from families or referrers. Our new online referral and application system is user-friendly and should take you less time to complete. If you have any issues using the online system, please contact the Wish Team on 020 8782 1171 or email wishes@raysofsunshine.org.uk

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Attend our Wish Community Events

At Rays of Sunshine, the wish is just the beginning. Our wish community events are free, accessible events for our wish children and their families.

We have lots of entertaining events in the calendar, including exclusive private screenings, our online choir, an event with Ferrari — and so much more. There’s something for everyone!

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Apply for a set of Sensory Bags for your Ward

Rays of Sunshine Sensory Bags are a set of sensory resources categorised into four groups to help facilitate play interventions to children and young people specifically requiring sensory play. The bags include resources to help stimulate and support:
• Vision
• Hearing
• Touch
• Fidget/Mindfulness

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Apply for a Sunshine in Hospitals Grant

The Sunshine in Hospitals Grant aims to provide a one-off sum of up to £20,000 to a UK hospital, hospice or other healthcare setting to fund a project that will support seriously ill young people aged three to 18.

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