When You Wish Upon A Star

About Us

When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness.

The charity was founded in Nottingham by Barbara White who was so inspired by a seriously ill four year old with a dream to meet Mickey Mouse that she wanted to bring smiles to the faces of many more brave and courageous children. Our Wishes have the power to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and since 1990 we have proudly granted over 16,000 across the UK. 

Creating magical memories

We believe every child deserves to smile and with your support we can provide time away, giving children and their families something to look forward to through times of uncertainty and often financial as well as emotional strain.

We help create magical memories for children and their families, enabling a family to put their child’s illness on hold as they have fun and create precious memories they can cherish for a lifetime. Every December the charity also enables hundreds of children to swap hospital beds for sleigh rides transporting them away from appointments, treatments and injections to the winter wonderland of Lapland on board our Santa Express flights.

See some of our most recent Wishes...

The Loughborough Santa Fun Run 2016

On Sunday 4th December 2016, When You Wish Upon a Star supporters can head on down to Loughborough’s Town Centre to join in the Loughborough Rotary club’s Santa Fun Run and Walk. Calling all Santa’s! It’s time to get into the festive mood and put your running shoes on – and all for a good cause.

The Edinburgh Santa Fun Run & Walk 2016


The Leicester Santa Fun Run 2015


The Nottingham Santa Fun Run 2015

We saw a sea of red as our dedicated supporters climbed into their Santa Suits to help raise funds for our charity.