Last week, one of our lovely wish children, Jodie, completed her work experience at Rays of Sunshine’s head office. Not only was she a superstar in the office, but she also took time to write a guest blog about what her experience with Rays of Sunshine was like. Check it out below…
When I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, then my world stopped and I was in a very dark place. I started on intensive chemotherapy, which was over time slowly reduced. I received chemotherapy for two and a half years and hospital soon became my second home.
Whilst on a regular hospital visit to receive chemotherapy, my play specialist informed me and my mum about Rays of Sunshine. She explained that they were a charity that supported ill children, like me, and granted magical wishes that the child asked for. This was when I made the decision to place an application for my wish.
My greatest wish was to meet Miranda Hart and it was the best day of my life! It definitely brightened up the dark place which I was in. On my wish day, a limo collected me, my younger brother, and my mum and dad from our house then drove us to The London Eye so we could go on it. We then went to dinner at Planet Hollywood and ate all that we could! Finally, the time had come for me to meet Miranda Hart and it was amazing. I asked her questions while she signed various items for me, we had loads of photos taken and I GALLOPED with her. It was the best day of my life!
I am now four years in remission and Rays of Sunshine are still a big part of my life. After my wish, Rays of Sunshine continued to invite me to various events. I was invited to two Rays of Sunshine Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, a Teen Forum event, and best of all, I was part of the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir in 2016 and sang at The SSE Area, Wembley, with Nicole Scherzinger and 13 other wish children.
Currently, I am in Year 1 (Year 12) of college studying BTEC Business Level 3 extended diploma, so basically business. I have chosen to do business because in the future I hope to be in events planning or be an events manager. For my course I was required to do 40 hours of work experience in our chosen area of business. As I want to do events planning, I thought why not see if I could have the chance to do work experience at an amazing place like Rays of Sunshine who are always planning magical wishes.
This past week has allowed me to see what goes on behind-the-scenes. It’s hard to say what my favorite part has been this week as I have enjoyed the whole experience and have helped to do different tasks around the whole office. One task I did really enjoy was writing up the itineraries for some of the wishes which are coming up. This is because I know the children are going to have the best day ever. Coming away from this experience I have learned that not everything is straight-forward and that a lot of people have to work together to make one thing happen.
I would just like to say a huge thank you to Rays of Sunshine for doing what they do and for granting magical wishes every day and never giving up. I would also like to thank them for supporting us wish children before, after and during our wishes and giving us a reason to smile. Finally, thank you so much for allowing me to complete my work experience at your head office. It has given me a huge insight to you as a charity and the world of events planning. Thank you x