How have we helped?
In May 2013, 21st Century Leaders sponsored Justin Clark who completed a half ironman (1.2 mile swim / 56 mile cycle / 13 miles run) in Majorca for Dreams Come True, which helps terminally ill kids to fulfil a dream.
About Dreams Come True
Dreams Come True is a children's charity serving the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island. Their mission is quite simply, to make dreams come true for seriously and terminally ill children across the country. Over the last 24 years they have brought happiness and joy to more than five thousand children as well as their friends, family and carers.
Dreams Come True helps children that are terminally ill, or have a life limiting illness. They operate with complete integrity and dependability – liaising, coordinating, organising, funding and often accompanying the Dream Children – to ensure that each child has an unforgettable experience fulfilling their dream, with long lasting memories to share with families, loved ones and friends.
Each dream is unique. Some children want to meet their celebrity hero or favourite Disney character while others want to visit their grandparents abroad, ride a unicorn, swim with dolphins or work on a fashion magazine. Many want help with their everyday lives and Dreams Come True is delighted to provide vital sensory equipment, wheelchairs or specially adapted bicycles as well.
Dream Children often have very little to look forward to apart from endless rounds of hospital visits, painful treatments and the prospect of living with a long term debilitating disease. These very brave youngsters can become depressed and frustrated, yet they all dream of things they want to do and achieve.
Fulfilling a dream provides a positive focus empowering both them and their families with new enthusiasm and strength to deal with ongoing daily struggles of illness, gruelling hospital treatment and sometimes sad loss. It is a legacy of hope and well being that is poignantly expressed in many hundreds of thank you letters they receive from Dream Children and their families.