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This week we have a guest blog from our amazing Wish Ambassador, Caitlin, who’s here to tell us all about her #Kisses4Wishes campaign and how it’s helping to raise money and awareness for Rays of Sunshine…

 

“Hi, I’m Caitlin!

When I was 7, I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma. I went through chemotherapy and a major operation to replace my right femur with a titanium prosthesis.

Four years later I was in remission and my parents brought me tickets to go see a One Direction concert. I was really excited but soon after I relapsed and needed to go through another load of chemotherapy and high dose treatment, it also meant that I would miss the concert.

I was devastated.

However, when talking to a nurse about it, she told me and my mum about the wonderful charity called Rays of Sunshine who could not only get me tickets to see One Direction but to actually meet them as well!

In 2013 I had my wish granted to meet One Direction and go to one of their concerts. It was amazing!!

Since then, so much sunshine has been brought into my life and on ‘dark days’ they really help illuminate everything with smiles and positive memories.

Knowing how much Rays of Sunshine can help children with serious illnesses, I wanted to do something to help raise money for other wishes to be granted…..

I decided that a social media campaign would be a great way to spread the word about Rays and what they do, as well as encouraging many people to donate. At the time I was seeing lots of people posting pictures of themselves pouting and blowing kisses, this combined with the idea of granting wishes and created:

The idea behind the campaign is for people to post photos of themselves pouting or blowing a kiss and use #kisses4wishes. They would then text to donate and nominate their friends to do it too, this way we would hopefully raise both awareness of the charity and donations towards granting wishes!

This year I hope to reach my fundraising goal of £5000 and raise even more awareness of what an amazing job Rays of Sunshine, and all those within it, do.

In the past lots of fabulous celebrities have backed my campaign, some include: Olly Murs, Stephen Fry, Pixie Lott, Lizzie Cundy, Melvin Odoom, Fleur East, Niall Horan, Miranda Hart, Stephen Mulhern and more!

To get involved you can: take a photo of yourself blowing a kiss or using a prop and post it with the #kisses4wishes as well as texting the phase ‘kiss03 £3’ to 70070 to donate £3. Don’t forget to share the love and nominate 3 friends or family to join in!

Thank you so much for supporting #kisses4wishes……… I look forward to seeing your picture!

Caitlin xx”