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Harry's Wish Story


"Phenomenal", "amazing", "will never be forgotten and cherished memories forever"

The words used by Harry Jenkins' mum Debbie to describe their VIP trip to London with Dreams & Wishes. The seven-year-old, from Port Talbot, was one of nine children who made the trip just before Christmas 2022, visiting the Speaker's House and the London Eye. It is an annual trip the charity has been running for more than 30 years, and is a special date in the calendar for the families who are able to come along.

Last year the children were lucky enough to be welcomed to the House of Commons

Harry's Wish Story

The Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and his wife Catherine welcomed the children, with a very special appearance from Santa Claus who had brought along some wonderful presents for the children.The glowing smiles and cheers of the children lit up the historic room as they were allowed to unwrap their gifts.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle couldn't have put it better when he said: "Opening the State Rooms to children being cared for by the Dreams & Wishes charity has gladdened the hearts of every Speaker since Bernard Weatherill."

For Harry and his mum it was a special day they will never forget. Harry was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia on May 15, 2020, at the height of lockdown and the charity has helped their family through some difficult times of the months since.

Debbie says: "As parents we have this bombshell dropped on us, but the charity makes it so much easier for us. The trip to London was such a special day making memories with our children. Seeing their faces was just magical. It was a phenomenal day.

"Harry was diagnosed in May 2020, and we first heard about the charity about two months later. The first wish Harry was granted was a blue Ferrari. Seeing the look on his face was overwhelming. It was so special to see that smile."

Debbie also loves that Harry's sister Olivia is also involved in the parties organised by the charity at magical venues like Cardiff Castle.

"So often siblings can be left out of their brother or sister's lives as they go through treatment. They are often not allowed into the hospital ward and they don't really understand aspects of their lives, so it is lovely that Olivia can be involved. We can all go along to the parties and know that everyone will be included and that we will all leave happy. We cannot thank the smile-makers enough."