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Rays of Sunshine is a national charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill young people and their families by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community.

We have been adapting our services during the Covid-19 pandemic to continue to bring sunshine into the lives of families both at home and in hospital who are more isolated than ever.

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, between the ages of 3-18, across the United Kingdom. Find out more below about what we do, who we are and how it works.

What we do:

There are more than 86,000 children and young people living in the UK with a serious or life-limiting illness*. This figure is increasing every year.

Rays of Sunshine is a UK registered charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children aged three to 18 across the UK by granting their wishes and providing ongoing support whether at home or in hospital.  We believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day.

We do this by:-

  1. Granting children’s individual wishes, however impossible the wish may seem from finding the Loch Ness monster to transforming a garden into an at home festival
  2. Granting hospital ward wishes – from decorating treatment rooms to providing electronic devices for children on the wards
  3. Hosting virtual and actual hospital activity days within children’s wards to reduce a sense of isolation
  4. Organising events for our children and families from family days out to drive-in movies

Wishes are as unique as children themselves. They give a child the chance to forget their illness and do something they could only dream of. Wishes make a child feel extra-special and bring them hope and happiness. They also provide families with treasured memories of happy times to look back on. 

Rays of Sunshine
Zachary Whites wish
Pic Peter Devlin

*Source: Together for Short Lives
I can’t put into words what today has meant to us. No matter what the future holds for Lauren we will always have the memories of seeing Lauren run towards the mermaid and the look on her wee face. Thank you all so much for making Lauren’s wish come true.
Laura, mum of Lauren who had her wish granted to meet a real-life mermaid