CONNIES WISH STORY

Charity Registration number: 295672 (England and Wales) and SC037479 (Scotland)

As our previous grant comes to an end we are delighted to announce that The Kentown Wizard Foundation will be continuing to support Make-A-Wish® UK throughout 2019. An additional grant of £250,000 will be gifted in order to fund the wishes of children living in the North of the UK who wish to visit Disneyland Paris. Children just like Connie. 

Connie, aged 6 from Stockport, was born prematurely and had a cardiac arrest at just two days old. Following this, she has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, sight impairment, deafness and is tube-fed.

Disney songs and characters, especially Elsa from Frozen, are Connie’s favourite. She also loves fireworks, lights and sounds. Her serious illness means travelling away from home can be difficult, and not all attractions and theme parks are equipped for Connie to access rides, so when Make-A-Wish UK gave Connie the chance to choose her One True Wish, a trip to Disneyland Paris was chosen.

In April 2018, Connie’s wish came true. Afterwards, Connie’s mum wrote a letter to her Wishgranter, Laura, at Make-A-Wish® UK.

Hi Laura, 

First and foremost we would like to say a massive thank you for everything you have done for us. Connie’s wish truly was the trip of a lifetime!

As you know, we didn’t tell the girls about the trip. The day before we left, I secretly packed the cases while daddy took the girls to see their grandparents. It wasn’t ‘til we were about a mile from the airport that my eldest, Caitlyn, realised. At which point the excitement trumped any sleepiness!

At the airport, I handed Caitlyn the wish pack explaining what was going to happen, so that she could read it to Connie. Their faces were priceless (although I don’t think Connie quite understood at this point). The flight was quite emotional as we didn’t ever think it would have been possible!

As soon as we started to see the signs for Disneyland there was a big buzz of excitement! As soon as the hotel staff saw we were on a Make-A-Wish trip he ushered us to a desk and summoned another staff member to check us in. She was amazing and made a really big effort with the kids.

We decided to go to Walt Disney studios first, and kicked off with a meet and greet with Goofy. Connie loved the interaction and feeling the softness of his hands.

We watched Mickey and the Magician. This was AMAZING. Connie was engrossed, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We then chanced our luck at meeting Moana, the queue was closed as Moana was finishing, but after making the staff aware of the Genie pass they ushered us straight in.

On day two, we headed to the main Disneyland Park. There is nothing quite like walking down Main Street and seeing the Disney Castle. So magical! We went on so many rides and met so many Disney characters.

The Genie pass was a real godsend. I thought that Connie’s disability might have limited her accessing the rides, but she was able to access the majority of them. Except for the big rides, she went on everything and enjoyed every single one.

We headed to the City Hall for our ‘treat’ and, while we waited, a lovely staff member guided us around some nearby meet and greets, which made us feel like royalty! When it was time for the big treat, the girls were elated to be greeted by the REAL Anna and Elsa from Frozen! It was absolutely amazing (THANK YOU SO MUCH).

 After this, we went to find the Wish Lounge to give Connie some relief from sitting in her chair and give medicines and her feed. It was nice to have somewhere quiet and private to go. Once finished, it was time to go to our princess lunch. Connie LOVED meeting the mice and feeling their squishy noses.

After some more rides (Buzz Lightyear was Connie’s favourite as she could sit in her chair for that one), we made our way to the disabled viewing area for the parade. The floats were amazing and Anna from our private meet and greet recognised us and gave the girls a special wave! It’s so bright and fun, Connie loved watching it.

 We stayed in the park until park closing time and watched the fireworks. The girls were all so good to last so long. We had the best time!

 On the last day, we started our day in the Disneyland park, visiting the attractions we hadn’t made it to the previous day. We finished off with the Walt Disney Studios and went to watch the motor stunt show which was very impressive! We then had one final meal at Planet Hollywood before heading back for our trip home.

We had such an amazing time, words cannot describe the feeling it gave us watching Connie being treated like the princess she is. Never have we been away anywhere and it been so stress free. Connie was really well, she coped really well and the interaction was amazing. All of the kids had the best time and their faces say it all. THANK YOU so so much for arranging this all for us and giving us the chance of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

 Amy, Connie’s mum

Debbie of the Kentown Wizard Foundation says

 “Knowing we can help more children like Connie is the reason we continue to fund these life-changing wishes.”

   www.make-a-wish.org.uk 

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CALLYS WISH STORY

Charity Registration number: 295672 (England and Wales) and SC037479 (Scotland)

Cally is 8 years old and lives with a profound hypoxic ischaemic brain injury. Her one true wish was to visit Disneyland with her family in the hope of meeting her favourite Frozen characters Elsa and Anna.

This wish was recently granted by the incredible team at Make-A-Wish® UK, who not only sent Cally and her family to Disneyland but also set up a top secret meeting with her favourite characters Elsa and Anna.

Cally’s first day was spent filling up her autograph book and building snow Olaf with the other princesses.

Kate (Cally’s Mother):
“I’ve cried a lot with joy. I was getting to make the best memories ever with my girl with not one worry. It was like being in a movie. The meet and greet with Elsa and Anna was the best, I couldn’t help but tell Elsa that Cally had waited 4 years to see her.”

“I get butterflies thinking about being back at Disney and I cant thank everyone involved enough for making Cally’s wish come true. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you all so much. Special memories locked in our hearts.

Here at the Kentown Wizard Foundation we are always extremely grateful to receive updates like these from our partners and we look forward to posting many more throughout this journey

www.make-a-wish.org.uk 

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INTRODUCING MAKE-A-WISH® UK

Charity Registration number: 295672 (England and Wales) and SC037479 (Scotland)

Make-A-Wish® UK creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. To them a child’s life should not be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis – it should be about wonder, joy and hope.

Whether its starring in their own film, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a bedroom makeover; each child’s wish is varied, personal and life-changing.

“I wish to go to Disneyland Paris” – Poppy aged 4 Hyperornithinemia (HHH Syndrome)


The effects these wishes can have on a seriously ill child and their family are endless, from creating incredible memories, building confidence and bringing happiness, to providing respite from the daily struggles that come with a critical illness.

In support of this incredible cause The Kentown Wizard Foundation have donated £450,000 to date. This will enable Make-A-Wish® UK to grant over 130 wishes over a 2 year period to seriously ill children whose one true wish is to visit Disneyland Paris.

www.make-a-wish.org.uk 

 

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