Dreams Come True is a national charity helping children and young people between 2 and 21 with serious and life-limiting conditions.
Fulfilling a dream can have a profound impact. Dreams – swimming with dolphins, meeting a favourite celebrity or having a piece of specialist equipment – can provide a positive focus, creating joyful memories for families to treasure in difficult times.
Each child has a truly unique dream, fulfilling a child's personal dream provides an unforgettable experience and brings extraordinary happiness and sheer joy. A dream fulfilled provides enduring and treasured memories and an enhanced sense of wellbeing that can empower families too.
The reality is that the children and young people we work with have less time to realise their dream. This is because they are undergoing long and difficult rounds of hospital treatment, or their prognosis is terminal. The focus of the children and their families is about getting through every day.
A dream then for these children and young people is something that keeps them going and that they can look forward to, a moment in time when they can forget their illness and treatment. A dream is far reaching, bringing lasting joy to our children and creating treasured memories for their families.
With around 50,000 children and young people accessing palliative care in the UK each year, it is our passion to reach as many young lives as possible. The average cost of a dream is £2,500. With no statutory funding we depend on charitable donations and fundraising to help make more Dreams Come True.