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A Trip To Support Wishes 4 Kids Panto

On Saturday, 17th December, a member of our Free Spirit team travelled to Leicester-based charity Wishes 4 Kids. Her aim was to assist them with a local Christmas Panto (Aladdin) for 146 sick children. Also, it was a chance to put a name to the faces she’d been speaking to from Wishes 4 Kids, including the founder’s wife – Wendy Brickett.

After arriving, Paula was delighted to have the opportunity to muck in where she could and ensure all the children enjoyed the Christmas panto. She helped backstage with the volunteers and found her inner child among the audience. Engaging with the children they all called out familiar catchphrases such as ‘he’s behind you!’. When the curtain fell, Paula help to hand out goodie bags for each child as they left.

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One of the Wishes 4 Kids volunteers with a happy child – look at the size of that goodie bag!

Wishes 4 Kids aim is to grant wishes for children and youngsters across Leicestershire whose lives are limited and/or terminally ill. Tragically, some have lived through life-changing physical or emotional traumas or have suffered abuse. Panto is one event (out of many) when the Wishes 4 Kids team provides respite and brings a smile to the faces of the children and their parents.

These special events and experiences are organised to enhance their lives. When their excitement overtakes their suffering Wishes 4 Kids know a wish has been achieved. Their focus is on children within the Leicester area and their love for making local children happy and excited is inspirational.

We’ve always been happy to work with the team (made of volunteers and trustees) to make children’s wishes a reality for over ten years. We continue to provide the charity with the specialist travel insurance needed to take the children outside the UK, for magical trips, such as weekends in Disneyland Paris.

A quote from Gary Lowe, Charity Manager at Wishes 4 Kids

‘’On behalf of everyone at Wishes 4 Kids, I would like to thank Paula Jeffery and the amazing team at PJ Hayman (Free Spirit) for their incredible kindness and support over many years. With your help, we have been able to grant the wishes of lots of very poorly children by sending them on a magical VIP experience to Disneyland Paris. This is our most popular wish and provides our ‘wish’ children and their families with memories that will last forever. The biggest thank you comes from every child whose dreams you have helped to come true.’’

A quote from Paula

“I was more than happy to muck-in where I could. There were a couple of children who brought tears to my eyes. Although they’re ill, they all have the resilience to live their lives happily and to the full.”

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