When You Wish Upon A Star

Charity Registration Number: 1060963

Back in December, the Kentown Wizard Foundation funded a 4 day magical winter wonderland experience, hosted by the amazing team at When You Wish Upon A Star. 35 families from Blackpool & the North West, whose children have life threatening illnesses, were invited to Sherwood Forest, Centre Parcs to experience a weekend full of joy and laughter.

Staff, volunteers, patrons and celebrities ensured that each family had a weekend full of magical memories. A visit from Santa, costume characters, dancing and a firework display were but a few of the incredible activities available to the children and their loved ones. The highlight of the trip was a Costume Ball. The children dressed up as princesses and superheroes and were treated to a night of magic, singing, games and lots and lots of laughter.

When You Wish Upon A Star have been dream making for sick children since 1990, fulfilling 17,500 dreams along the way. Head of Fundraising Diane Hummerston said:

“Without the support of the Kentown Wizard Foundation, we would not of been able to give our Wish families such a magical weekend. The families have been able to create lifelong memories in what can be very difficult times for them. We cannot thank Debbie, David and the rest of the Trustees of the Foundation for their most generous gift – they have truly helped in bringing joy into all of our families’ lives”.

Debbie Bamber, Operations Manager of the Kentown Wizard Foundation, who joined the families with Trustee David Bamber said:

“It was amazing to be part of this magical weekend and share in the lives of these families, many of whom haven’t left their homes, except for hospital visits, in years. The children’s excitement was contagious as they told us about their pony rides, pottery painting, zip wire races and fun in the tropical pool. Without the team of doctors and medics that attended the weekend, we know many of these families would never have had this experience”

We are delighted to be able to look back on incredible memories such as these and we look forward to catching up with the When You Wish Upon A Star team very soon!



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A Kentown Christmas Carol – Future

Charity Registration Number: 1163956

As we reach the end of our Kentown Christmas Carol it seems only right to take a look at our Christmas future.

Here at the Kentown Wizard Foundation we are excited to announce that we will be sponsoring the outstanding When You Wish Upon A Star Winter Wonderland Ball next Christmas!

Each December the North West Wish Team welcome around 45 families to a snow filled Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest for a 4 day break. Each day is filled with exciting activities, not forgetting a very special visit from Santa, the highlight of the weekend is the spectacular children’s Ball.

This 4 day break gives the families they support the perfect opportunity to unwind, have fun and make lots of magical memories, to treasure for a lifetime.

In previous years they have hosted spectacular breakfasts with Santa Claus, very tasty sweet stalls and unmissable discos. The children get stuck in decorating gingerbread, badges and Christmas cards and can be seen jumping up and down with excitement as they spy their favourite TV personality!

We are overwhelmed by the opportunity to support such an incredible event and will be counting down the 365 days we have to wait!


“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas”

Charles Dickens

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A Kentown Christmas Carol – Present

Charity Registration Number: 1163956 

This Christmas at the Kentown Wizard Foundation we are delighted to announce our exciting Christmas grants!

The first grant goes to our wonderful friends over at Rainbow House. The Mawdesley based charity will use their £10,000 grant to continue supporting 90 families per week.

Their specialist service is Conductive Education which is a complex programme using repetitive learning to re-train the brain. They provide bespoke sessions designed to increase mobility, communication and independence whilst rehabilitating, educating and being fun all at the same time! Other services include physiotherapy, rebound and sensory therapy and multidisciplinary.

Margaret Ingram CEO of the Kentown Wizard Foundation says

“We’re delighted to be supporting Rainbow House. Their vision is to run a centre of excellence for children with life limiting disabilities whilst inspiring and empowering them to become more independent and increasing their life skills”

Our second grant is being made out to the amazing Stick n Step charity in Wallasey. Stick ‘n’ Step offers support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. All conductive education sessions are provided to children free of charge, allowing

them to gain the skills they need to live independent lives. 94 children from across the region attend these sessions weekly or twice weekly. The charity will use their £10,000 grant to help cover core costs of running the charity next year.

Debbie Bamber, Operations Manager at The Kentown Wizard Foundation, says, “The aim of our Foundation is to award grants where we think they are most needed and where they will have the greatest impact. As well as observing the determination and commitment of the children and their conductors, we were so impressed with the results that are being achieved by Stick ‘n’ Step. We were very pleased to award a grant to aid their efforts further.”

Both these charities work tirelessly to provide families with the help they deserve and here at the Kentown Wizard Foundation we are extremely proud to be able to support them this Christmas.




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A Kentown Christmas Carol – Past

Charity Registration Number: 1163956

Play Inclusion Project

Unique Kidz & Co





This time last year, here at the Kentown Wizard Foundation we set out on our very own 12 days of Christmas countdown. 12 incredible charities were chosen to receive a Christmas grant ranging from £1500-£6000. This enabled each charity in their own unique way, to improve the lives of children and young adults living with serious, life-limiting conditions and disabilities.


Donna’s Dream House

NW Children’s Support Group

Blackpool Tiggers

Debbie of the Kentown Wizard Foundation says

“It was a privilege for me to visit all 12 recipients and see the dedication and hard work of these smaller charities. They help thousands of children a year and are a life-line to so many families”


This year we would like to take the opportunity to express how proud we are of these charities and all they have achieved, since our visit last year. Each charity has continued spreading happiness across the North West with organised activities and holiday experiences.

Aiming Higher

Wipe Your Tears

A Day Of Sunshine

Blessing In Disguise

We have seen some outstanding sensory rooms, messy craft rooms and even rooms filled with trampolines. We’ve heard of a number of courageous excursions, unforgettable holidays and not to forget, upcoming Christmas pantomimes!


The work of these 12 charities is not only an inspiration to us but is very much a necessity to the families they help.

Sign Hi Say Hi!

Oj’s Care








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Charity Registration Number: 1045077

Candlelighters is a children’s charity dedicated to combating cancer, leukaemia and serious blood disorders by supporting children and their families from across Yorkshire. They offer practical and emotional support as well as therapy and wellbeing at their family support centre, The Square. They heavily invest in staff and equipment funding at Leeds Children’s Hospital, funding 665hrs of staff roles every week.

At the beginning of 2017 Candlelighters purchased a cottage just a short walk from the hospital. Once renovated this cottage would provide free accommodation for families facing childhood cancer, enabling them to be closer together and reduce the financial burden of travel costs.

The cottage itself was uninhabitable at the time and needed completely stripping back.

Amongst other things, the property needed a new roof, re-wiring of electrics, a new plumbing and heating system, damp proofing course, full re-plastering and insulating to name but a few.

An extension was to be built in order to expand the communal areas for families, as well as four bedrooms that needed their own ensuite, toilet and wet room shower installed

On top of all this, the entire property would need to be refurnished with everything from beds and chairs through to towels and cutlery.

It was in May 2017 that the Candlelighters Cottage campaign was launched, which raised over £250,000. An amount that the Kentown Wizard Foundation are delighted to have match funded in order for the charity to begin renovations.

After months of incredibly hard work from both the Candlelighters and their supporters the cottage was complete and the grand opening set for September









Margaret Ingram, CEO of the Kentown Wizard Foundation- “We were trilled to attend the Candlelighters Cottage grand opening, it is a fantastic project and the renovations are amazingly impressive! This will be a very comfortable home from home where families can spend precious time together”

The Candlelighters have now officially opened the cottage to the public and most recently released a Candlelighters Cottage storybook to commemorate the project.

The delightful and enchanting book, written in rhyming couplets, tells the story of how the Candlelighters Cottage magically comes to life with the help of some feathered friends.

Written by local author Donna lliffe-Pollard and illustrated by Christina Little, all proceeds from the book are being donated to Candlelighters.


“A brick is just a building block, it’s nothing on its own

But when it’s joined by thousands more, it turns into a home”

Donna lliffe-Pollard





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Muir Maxwell Trust

Charity Registration Number: SC034364

The Muir Maxwell Trust is a paediatric epilepsy charity that aims to make a difference by providing children and their carers with practical support and by speeding up what can be a frustratingly slow diagnostic process. Though not a dedicated Helpline, they are always on hand to give help and advice to those facing the challenges of caring for children with severe epilepsy.

The Trust began distributing potentially life-saving epilepsy movement sensor bed alarms to families in June 2003, coinciding with its launch. Whilst the Trust has funded and completed many different projects over the years, the distribution of epilepsy alarms remains on-going. To date they have successfully distributed over 3,000 alarms at a cost of over £2 million.

The decision to distribute epilepsy alarms to families was based on the Maxwell’s own experience of an epilepsy alarm and the quality of life it brought to their son Muir and to the rest of the family. The alarm allowed Muir to sleep in his own room and it brought the whole family peace of mind knowing that they would be alerted to a seizure, should Muir have one in the night.

The Kentown Wizard Foundation are supporting Muir Maxwell Trust with a grant of £23,000 in order to purchase 46 epilepsy alarms to be distributed across Lancashire and the North of England.

Family liaison manager Ann-Marie Nelson said: “On behalf of the Muir Maxwell Trust, I would like to thank Kentown Wizard Foundation for its generous donation and the valuable support it gives our work with children suffering from epilepsy and their families.”


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A Day Of Sunshine

Registered Charity Number: 1149764

A Day Of Sunshine is a Lancashire based children’s charity aiming to bring a little sunshine into the lives of local deserving children, by providing them and their families, with an all expenses paid holiday either in Spain or the UK

The Kentown Wizard Foundation donated £3000 to A Day Of Sunshine back in December 2017 as part of a 12 days of Christmas campaign. The grant was used to fund 4 children and their families on a well deserved summer holiday. This included 8 year old Katie, who had never been out of the country before.

Katie suffers from severe anxiety as well as selective mutism and for years hasn’t been able to speak to anyone other than her father, Fin.

During her Day Of Sunshine holiday, while engrossed in a number of exciting activities, Katie was able to relax enough to break her silence and make some new friends.

David Lee, the founder of A Day Of Sunshine Charity said

“When Katie first came into the charity shop with her dad, she was so shy. We would always try to make her feel comfortable in the shop but she never felt confident enough to speak”

On returning home, Katie is making great progress and is now able to chat with her big sister as well as her friends at school.

A Day Of Sunshine Charity continues to work extremely hard to provide families with well deserved holidays, each creating incredible memories, just like this one.




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(Established in 1989 as Christian Lewis Trust)
Charity Registration number: 1113821

Kids Cancer Charity aim to improve the quality of life for children and their families affected by cancer by offering emotional and practical support.

With over 27 years’ experience in providing respite care breaks, they understand the importance of families being able to spend time together in peaceful and relaxing surroundings away from their normal environment.

A grant from the Kentown Wizard Foundation has enabled Kids Cancer Charity to purchase a luxury caravan, sited on the beautiful South Wales coast at Lydstep Beach Holiday Village. The £75,000 grant includes wheelchair friendly adaptation of the caravan and 3 years site fees.


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Charity Registration number: 1070532

Rainbow Trust offer bespoke support to families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. A dedicated team of family support workers and committed volunteers offer families a lifeline at home, in hospital or in the community. This can be anything from meals cooked, siblings looked after, transport to and from hospital to respite.

A grant totalling £200,000 from The Kentown Wizard Foundation has enabled them to strengthen their North West team and expand their support to even more families needing emotional and practical assistance and help relieve the day to day pressures of living with a very sick child.


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