Rays of Sunshine grants wishes for seriously ill children across the UK aged three to 18. Every day of the year the charity gives brave and deserving young people the chance to do something they have previously only dreamed of. Set up in 2003, Rays of Sunshine has since granted more than 5,000 individual wishes.
Wishes can be as unique as the children themselves and whether a child wants to go to Disney World in Florida, meet a real-life mermaid, be a fire fighter for the day or meet their favourite celebrity or football team, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.
The charity also grants hospital ward wishes, which offer a distraction to hundreds of children during their time in hospital or a hospice. Throughout the year Rays of Sunshine also organises outings and events for large groups of seriously ill children including, parties, trips to theme parks, hospital activity/pamper days.
Rays of Sunshine and Star Wars actor, John Boyega granted a very special wish for five-year-old Daniel, who is currently living a Brain Tumour, to meet ‘Finn’ from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Daniel chose to use his wish to brighten the lives of other seriously ill children when he asked to deliver toys with Finn to young patients being treated at The Royal London Hospital, run by the Barts Health NHS Trust. The BAFTA award winning actor jumped at the opportunity of making his dream become a reality.
John arrived to meet Daniel as his character Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens for some one-to-one time before heading to the hospital. During which, John taught Daniel and his sister, Layla, some very special Lightsaber moves and tricks.
John Boyega, commented: “When I heard about Daniel’s wish to meet Finn, I jumped at the chance to make it come true. It was fantastic to be a part of his very special wish with Rays of Sunshine. He is an amazing and inspirational boy and it was a pleasure to meet him and his family. It was also great to meet the children at The Royal London Hospital and be a part of something so positive.”