The Willow Foundation is the only UK charity to provide positive and life-enhancing special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.
Every special day aims to provide beneficiaries and their loved ones with a break from the realities of their diagnosis and treatment. At a time of uncertainty, spending quality time with family and friends can help restore a sense of normality, boost confidence and create precious memories for the future.
The charity defines seriously ill as any condition that is life-threatening. This includes cancer, motor neuronedisease, cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s, organ failure and many others. All applications must meet the charity’s medical criteria and be endorsed by a medical professional involved in the individual’s care.
Willow strives to create a unique and unforgettable day that is tailored to the needs and dreams of every beneficiary. He or she chooses exactly what they would like to do on their special day and Willow aims to meet and, wherever possible, exceed their expectations, making the day truly special and memorable.
Some of the most popular special day requests to date have included: West End shows and pop concerts; tickets to sporting events such as Premiership football and International rugby; trips to the country and city breaks; days at health spas; driving experiences and family days out to top UK attractions.
Following a discussion with the beneficiary and their family, the charity takes care of every arrangement, including transport, to ensure a stress free and enjoyable day for all.
To date, Willow has provided more than 9,000 special days for seriously ill young adults.