Bradleys Both School Council has chosen the charities Rays of Sunshine and KASIN and to support this year.
Rays of Sunshine Children’s charity was formed in 2003 to grant the wishes of children who are living with a serious or life threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 18 who live in the United Kingdom.
They have since granted over 3,000 wishes to some of the bravest children in the country. There are currently 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a serious or life limiting illness, this figure is increasing every year. Rays of Sunshine believes every child deserves to experience happiness and a chance to put their illness on hold – even if it’s just for one day!
Anyone who has seen the impact a wish can have on a sick child and their family understands the power of a wish. For an ill child having their dream come true benefits them in all sorts of ways. Every wish is unique to the child themselves, if a child wishes to be a ballerina, meet a celebrity or go on holiday and spend quality time with their family, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make the wish as special and magical as possible – creating happy memories for the whole family. These wishes bring hope, happiness and memories to wish children and their families.
In addition to granting wishes, Rays of Sunshine grants hospital ward wishes and arranges outings and events for groups of seriously ill children. Ward wishes have included parties, a sensory garden and trips out. Ward wishes enable Rays of Sunshine to help hundreds more children and make their stay in hospital a little more bearable.
More than 2,000 wish children and their families attend the annual Rays of Sunshine concert at the Royal Albert Hall in which they are given an evening to forget about their illness and enjoy something that most children may take for granted. The evening gives thousands of children the opportunity to see their favourite singers perform on stage.
Wishes range from £500 to £6,000. Five hundred pounds will grant a child’s wish to be collected by Limousine, and taken to Legoland to spend a day of fun there! More expensive wishes include holidays abroad like wishes to go to Lapland or Disney World. You can watch wish videos, pledge films and find further information out about Rays of Sunshine by going to www.raysofsunshine.org.uk
KASIN stands for Kids in School in Nepal. It is a charity that is working extremely hard to raise funds to rebuild schools in Nepal which were totally destroyed in the recent earthquake.
Bradley School children are extremely lucky to have a great school and a great education; we would like to help the children in Nepal to have the same opportunities and future.
KASIN works directly with schools, teachers and volunteers. All the funds go directly into projects improving school facilities, providing teacher training, learning materials etc.
We are holding cake sales, a charity school disco and sponsored events to raise as much money as we can to support this charity.