Willow’s Special Days are so much more than just a day and their importance and impact cannot be overestimated. The Special Day provides an uplifting and positive experience to be shared with a partner, parents, siblings, children or close friends. From the moment of application and the anticipation of the day to come, to the excitement of the day itself, a Special Day creates memories that are treasured forever.
Warrick's Special Day
Warrick was diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer at just 25 years old. After months of gruelling treatment, all he wanted was to spend quality time with his family, without the burden of his illness, and to simply feel normal again.
Jamie's Special Day
At the end of his treatment for Lymphoma, Jamie, 19 chose to spend a weekend in Liverpool with his Dad with tickets to watch Liverpool FC for his Special Day.
Verity's Special Day
Verity was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at just 32 years old. As a full-time mum, family life changed overnight. Her Special Day was a chance to finally have some fun and spend time with her family again.
Overcoming my fears and moving on
For Stephanie, applying for a Special Day was so much more than just a few days away. Not only was this an opportunity for her and her partner to enjoy time alone together but it also enabled Stephanie to overcome any fears she had. A trip to Center Parcs was organised by Willow, enabling them both to create some unforgettable memories together.
The strength to carry on fighting
When Clare was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a huge shock for the whole family. Due to hospital appointments and treatment, she found herself constantly having to say no to going out with the children. But the support she received from her friends and family gave Clare the strength to carry on fighting.
A moment to remember
Living with Leukaemia for three years has stopped Mark being able to do the things he loves. Due to hospital treatments and constant fatigue, spending quality time with those closest to him became more and more difficult. But having a Special Day gave Mark something to look forward to and the determination to ensure he was well enough to go. Being an avid Star Wars fan, it was only right that Willow organised a trip to London for Mark and his wife to go to a film and comic convention.
Creating memories together
Forgetting the past year and focusing on creating new memories was the most important thing for Polly when she applied for a Willow Special Day. The trip to Harry Potter Studios, organised by Willow for Polly and her family was Polly’s way of saying thank you to those closest to her for their help and support during a difficult a time.
Fun, relaxing and normal
Samantha was just 31 when she received the devastating news that she had been diagnosed with cancer. Having a young family, Samantha and her husband focused on making life as normal as possible for their four-year-old son but the thought of cancer was never far from their minds. Having a Special Day gave Samantha and her husband the chance to enjoy each others company again.