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What We Do

There are  49,000 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 within hospitals.  We believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day. Our vision is to make wishes come true and turn them in to happy memories.

We do this by:-

  1. Granting children’s individual wishes, however impossible the wish may seem
  2. Granting hospital ward wishes
  3. Hosting hospital activity days within children’s wards
  4. Organising events for our children and families

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. 

Whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for a day, own an iPad or meet their favourite pop star, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.

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