A charity supporting children across the UK with life threatening illnesses has received £1,000 towards a virtual Easter egg making event from Barratt Homes Manchester as part of its Legacy scheme.
Founded in Nottingham in 1990, When You Wish upon a Star aim to bring smiles to the faces of brave children suffering from life threatening illnesses, and have granted over 18,500 wishes to children across the UK. Wishes range from wanting to be a princess, to specialised medical equipment. The list is endless, and When You Wish upon a Star works hard to make happen.
Set to celebrate their 30th birthday in 2020, the charity had organised a plethora of fun-filled events for their Wish Children and their families to take part in, as well as numerous fundraising events. However, due to the pandemic, all of the events were cancelled or postponed, affecting the children involved as well as the charity’s fundraising efforts.
Melanie Scholefield, Regional Fundraiser for When You Wish upon a Star’s North West division, said: “2020 was very tough on our organisation, and our Wish Children. But we didn’t want to let our birthday pass without a special celebration. Thanks to several weeks of fundraising and the help of some corporate partners, we arranged for each child who’s Wish is currently on hold to receive a celebration pack that was filled with activities, balloons, birthday cake, and a gift specifically chosen for each child – some of which were hand delivered by our Wish Bear.
“With the donation from Barratt Homes, we can keep these celebrations going throughout 2021. The funding was used towards a virtual Easter egg making event, specifically for our Wish Children, their siblings, family, and extended family and friends. We want everyone to be able to take part so that they can create some magical memories.”
The event included a live stream session from a Master Chocolatier called Ollie, as well as packs put together by the charity and posted to the children that contained all the chocolate and decorations that they needed for the day.
In line with the government’s restrictions during the pandemic, many of the children taken care of by the charity have spent the last 12 months shielding, and When You Wish upon a Star has been constantly thinking about their emotional and mental wellbeing.
Neil Goodwin, Managing Director of Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “As one of the UK’s leading developers, it is really important that we support the community in the areas in which we build.
“When You Wish upon a Star are working hard to support children in the UK and across the North West region with life threatening illnesses, and we are happy to support them in putting together their virtual events. We wish them the best of luck with the events, and in difficult times like these we’re encouraging more people to support their local community.”
Melanie added: “Barratt’s Legacy scheme is incredible. It forms special relationships with the local communities and charities, and allows them to create lasting legacies together. The impact of a donation such as this to small charities like ourselves is incredible, and helps us to ensure our Wish children have something special to look forward to, instead of hospital appointments and procedures.
“Thank you doesn’t seem enough, however from the bottom of our hearts we thank you so much for choosing to support When You Wish upon a Star. Barratt is helping us to put a smile on our Wish Children’s faces, along with their family, especially during these scary and uncertain times.”
To find out more about When You Wish upon a Star and how to donate visit www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk
For more information about Barratt Homes visit the website at www.barratthomes.co.uk or call the sales line on 0333 355 8474.