<Wish Stories>

Rays of Sunshine believes that children with serious illnesses deserve to have their dreams fulfilled. A wish gives children pure joy and creates precious memories. Read about our recent wishes directly from the children and families we have granted them for.

A girl watching Pink with her mum looking up at her

Avleen's super Smyths Toys wish

Six-year-old Avleen loves to play and dance just like other children. But her leukaemia diagnosis left her too sick to do these normal childhood activities.

Avleen's wish was to have lots of toys so she could learn to play again, so we joined forces with our partners at Smyths Toys to make it happen.

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Little girl holding a toy horse. She is sat in the audience of a show, and is smiling at the camera.

Olivia's super horse wish

Seven-year-old Olivia loves horses and finds peace being around her favourite animals. She's always wanted to go to the Horse of the Year Show, so our Wish Granters made it happen!

Olivia got to meet her horse riding heroes and even got to shop for lots of horse-related goodies!

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Delilah's perfect P!NK wish

When US singer P!nk performed at BST Hyde Park, there was an extra special VIP in the audience! 8-year-old Delilah is Pink's biggest fan, and loves singing her songs while she's in hospital for treatment for her brain tumour.

Our Wish Granters organised the perfect experience for a superfan! Delilah wore her sparkliest dress and plenty of glitter to the concert, and danced the night away with her mum.

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Matthew's VIP experience on The Chase

18-year-old Matthew loves quiz shows, and spends lots of time watching them while in hospital for treatment for Labrune Syndrome. So for his wish, there was no question that he'd challenge himself on one of his favourite quiz shows!

We arranged for Matthew to visit the set of ITV's The Chase, where he met Bradley Walsh himself, and played a game against the Vixen, Jenny Ryan, and won!

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Lenny's magical adventure to Lapland

Three-year-old Lenny was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour around Christmas time last year. After so much time spent in hospital, his family hoped his wish would be a chance to make new Christmas memories in 2023.

Our Wish Granters sent Lenny and his family to visit Lapland UK, where he went ice skating, decorated gingerbread (his favourite!), made toys with the elves - and, of course, met Father Christmas!

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Isla's afternoon tea wish with Jacqueline Wilson

Nine-year-old Isla is a huge bookworm, and dreams of being an author and illustrator when she grows up. When she was eight, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She wished to meet her two idols: the author Jacqueline Wilson and the illustrator and author Ali Pye.

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Myles' flag-tastic fun in London

When Myles was just nine-months-old his mum, Charlene, started noticing that he was having seizures. He was later diagnosed with neuronal migration disorder, resulting in epilepsy, autism, and developmental delay.

As he got older, he discovered a passion for flags and lights which inspired his wish.

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Tabby and her friends with the king and queen

Tabby's magical sleepover

Tabby wished to have her first ever sleepover “somewhere cool” so our Wish Granters gave her a real-life castle! We invited Tabby and two friends to Warwick Castle for an experience fit for a princess.

The 10-year-old lives with Tango 2, a very rare condition which means she is often in the hospital and vulnerable to other illnesses.

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Arla's perfect princess party

Three-year-old Arla was first diagnosed with Infantile Pompe Disease at seven weeks old.

Arla is a a princess superfan, so our Wish Granters pulled out all the stops to throw a party fit for royalty! Princess Elsa was on hand to host, and the children had fun with balloon animals, soft play and plenty of delicious food.

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Ethan's exclusive car wish

14-year-old Ethan was first diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at 18 months old, after struggling to learn to walk.

Our Wish Granters pulled out all the stops to give motor enthusaist, Ethan an unforgettable car-themed wish at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

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Oliver with Peter Finch and Rick Shiels

Oliver's VIP Golf Day

Oliver's mum introduced him to golf at 13, as a way to get him walking more following a two-year chemotherapy programme to treat his brain tumour that left him feeling weak.

For Oliver's wish, we arranged a VIP golf day at the exclusive Renaissance Golf Club in Scotland. He met and played golf with his favourite YouTubers Peter Finch and Rick Sheils and LPGA pro Catriona Matthew.

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