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Rays of Sunshine

RYR charity spotlight

Join us for our monthly #RYRcharityspotlight as we shine a spotlight on the charity that has caught our eye this month

This month we have been amazed by the work of the charity Rays of Sunshine, who are making children’s dreams come true. From meeting Lewis Hamilton before an F1 race to hunting for Nessie the Lock Ness Monster, each wish granted is a unique and extraordinary experience bringing untold amounts of excitement and joy into the lives of young people in need

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, between the ages of 3-18, across the United Kingdom.

Find out more below about what they do, who they are and how it all works.

There are around 49,000 children and young people living in the UK with a serious or life-limiting illness*. This figure is increasing every year.

Rays of Sunshine is a UK registered charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children aged three to 18 across the UK, by granting their wishes and providing ongoing support within hospitals. They believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day. Their vision is to make wishes come true and turn them in to happy memories.

They do this by:

  1. granting children’s individual wishes, however impossible the wish may seem

  2. granting hospital ward wishes

  3. hosting hospital activity days within children’s wards

  4. organising events for our children and families

Wishes are as unique as children themselves. They give a child the chance to forget their illness and do something they could only dream of. Wishes make a child feel extra-special and bring them hope and happiness. They also provide families with treasured memories of happy times to look back on.

Whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for a day, own an iPad or meet their favourite pop star, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make your wish come true.

To read about young people from our rare disease community who have already received wishes please visit here:

To find out more and to nominate someone to bring a Ray of Sunshine into their lives, please visit

If you have had a wish granted by Rays of Sunshine we would love to hear from you. Drop us an email to or follow us on Instagram @rare_youth_revolution


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