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Willow Foundation become featured charity
So far you’ve helped raise over £250 for Willow Foundation just by shopping, ordering, and fundraising online via Give as you Live.
About Willow Foundation
Willow is the only UK charity supporting seriously ill 16-to-40-year-olds by providing unique and positive Special Days. Since 1999 Willow has fulfilled more than 15,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and cystic fibrosis.
Willow was founded in 1999 by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, as a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Anna battled her cancer for five years but it was during these years that she, her family and friends, experienced some of their most memorable moments together. Her self-named ‘Special Days’ became a focus for the quality of time and life, providing a welcome distraction from the challenging realities of living with a serious and life-threatening illness, and restoring some normality back into their lives.
Willow has aimed to replicate the benefits of Anna’s ‘Special Days’ by providing similar positive, motivating and uplifting experiences for other seriously ill young adults. Some of the most popular Special Day requests to date have included: UK city breaks, theatre trips, sporting events such as attending Premier League football matches, visits to holiday parks and family days to theme parks.
“After a year of needing time to myself and relying on help from family and friends, my Special Day was just me, my wife and two young children enjoying time together as a unit. Important memories were made for the future.”
How can I raise funds for Willow Foundation?
- Support Willow Foundation through Give as you Live. Each time you shop online you’ll raise free funds to help provide more Special Days!
- Make a one-off donation to Willow Foundation.
- Purchase a reloadable shopping card and raise each time you top up!
How are the funds I raise for Willow Foundation spent?
£10 could give a young mum living with multiple sclerosis lunch on a much needed day.
£20 could help a young dad forget about cancer for a day.
£50 could help a young family remember their dad by paying for a photographer.
"For some young adults a Special Day is their last chance to fulfil a dream, for others it provides the opportunity to simply return some normality back into their lives or mark the end of treatment and a new beginning. But for all, a Special Day creates treasured memories at the most difficult of times."
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