As a mother of four, Ulrika Jonsson already knows a lot about what children's greatest wishes are. Now she's getting involved with a new campaign to help seriously ill children's wishes come true.
Ulrika has just launched the first 'Fairy Washing Up for Wishes' campaign. It's an initiative inviting the nation to roll up its sleeves and wash up in support of the Make-A-Wish charity for children with life-threatening illnesses. Washing Up for Wishes is a new fundraising drive between Fairy and Make-A-Wish, a partnership now in its sixth year, to help make even more magical wishes come true for children.
The charity grants on average twelve wishes a week and draws support from a wide network of dedicated volunteers to grant its magical wishes.
Here are just two of the children who've had magical wishes come true thanks to Make-A-Wish:
Three year-old Holly, who's shown here, has Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and wished for a 'Peppa Pig' bedroom makeover. Holly and her family were transported by limousine and taken to a pottery and crafts workshop while volunteers set to work transforming her bedroom.
Ten year-old Cameron lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and wanted to spend a day quad biking. Cameron and his family were picked up by a limousine and taken to a 250 acre site where he was able to negotiate a coned assault course.
Speaking at the launch, Ulrika said: "It's a real privilege to be involved with Fairy and Make-A-Wish's first Washing Up for Wishes campaign to make even more magical wishes come true for kids like Cameron & Holly. The campaign this year takes its inspiration from the many volunteers who dedicate their time and energy granting each wish. We hope lots of people are inspired to roll up their sleeves and get involved too."
Neil Jones, Chief Executive of Make-A-Wish, added: "We are thrilled to have Ulrika supporting this campaign and raising awareness of the time and energy that goes into making each wish a reality."
Getting involved in 'Washing Up for Wishes' is easy. All you need to do is visit the website and download your 'Washing Up for Wishes' volunteer pack. With pack in hand, visit your friends, neighbours and family and ask them to sponsor you to do their washing up – it's as easy as that. Not only will you be doing something great you'll also be making a real difference to the lives of so many children and their families.