Ray for a Day 2024

Be a Ray for a Day: fundraise and shine bright for seriously ill children.

Be a Ray for a Day

What is Ray for a Day?

On the longest day, 20th of June (Summer Solstice) be a Ray for a Day and raise funds for Rays of Sunshine to help make the world a brighter place for seriously ill children and young people when they need it the most.

Right now, there are thousands of children and young people whose lives revolve around doctor’s appointments; hospital stays, and gruelling treatment. Having a wish granted gives the child and their family something positive to focus on, something to look forward to.

Join Rays of Sunshine on the longest day of the year and help make the world a brighter place for seriously ill children and their families.

Yes, I want to shine

How to get involved in Ray for a Day

On June 20th, let’s turn the world yellow with sunshine! We have 16 hours from sunrise to sunset to shine in schools, offices, and communities.

It’s super easy to take part, follow these three simple steps to shine:

  1. Have a ‘bright’ fundraising idea – wear yellow, host a bake sale, take on a challenge – no matter what idea you have, every action counts
  2. Set up your JustGiving Page follow the instructions to set up your JustGiving page –  in just a few clicks you can get started with your fundraiser
  3. Spread the word –  shout about your fundraiser with friends, family and colleagues, asking them to get involved and donate. The more you spread the word, the more donations you can get. Share on social media too, and don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #RayForADay.
I want to be a Ray for a Day
Collage with various imagery of people wearing yellow and doing various fundraising activites

Donate to Ray for a Day

Short on time? You can also simply donate to be a Ray for a Day too.

Every donation, big or small, will help us make magic happen for children and young people facing serious illness. From hero meet-ups to epic adventures, together we can grant more unforgettable wishes.

Donate to Ray for a Day

Shine for Olivia

By becoming a Ray for a Day and donating to Rays of Sunshine, you will help grant more magical wishes for children like Olivia.

Olivia was born with Cystic Fibrosis, which means her life often revolves around medication, doctors appointments and daily physiotherapy.

Her favourite thing in the whole world is horses, and her mum says the animals help her to destress when life with her condition gets hard. Rays of Sunshine granted Olivia’s wish to attend the Horse of the Year Show, and even meet her favourite YouTuber: Harlow, from Harlow and her Horses.

Olivia’s mum, Tanya, said: “On one hand, it has absolutely cemented in her head that this is the world she wants to be a part of when she grows up. And on the other, in the present, it has given her something to talk about and own which isn’t related to her CF.”

Help create these magical moments by becoming a Ray for a Day!

I want to help children like Olivia

“We are all so grateful for Rays of Sunshine and what they did for us. It’s given Olivia and us as parents just the best memories to cherish"

Tanya, Olivia's mum

How your fundraising can help

We are reliant upon generous donations to fund our magical wishes. Here are just a few examples of the impact being a Ray for a Day could have for seriously ill children:

  • £200 – could fund a special afternoon tea for a family to enjoy on a trip to London. 
  • £300 – could pay for a family of four to visit the Harry Potter Studios tour. 
  • £400 –  could fund for a limousine to be at a wish families disposal for the day taking the strain out of their journey and allowing them to feel like VIPs.  
  • £1,000 – could fund for every child attending our Christmas Party to get a new toy.
  • £1,500 – could fund a wish for a seriously ill child to go to their favourite UK theme park including transportation and overnight accommodation.
Be a Ray for a Day

Any questions or need support with your fundraising?

 Contact our events team at events@raysofsunshine.co.uk or call us on 0208 782 1171