About Willow

"The inspiration for Willow came from one special woman's determination to live every moment to the full, despite the most difficult of circumstances. "

Bob Wilson, Life President

Willow is the only UK charity supporting seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds by providing unique and positive Special Days. We are totally reliant on the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to fund our work.

For some their Special Day is a final chance to realise a dream. For others it provides a positive focus away from diagnosis and treatment, boosting confidence and providing the motivation to move forward with their lives. But for all, Special Days are enriching experiences shared with loved ones. They are moments in time that create the memories that will be treasured forever.

Since 1999 Willow has fulfilled more than 10,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease.

Founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, Willow is a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own Special Days were the charity’s inspiration.