My Week: Katie Bain

The wish manager at Rays of Sunshine recounts her week

Katie Bain
Katie Bain

Monday - I'm at a launch event in Spitalfields, London. The Breakfast Club cafe chain is supporting our awareness week campaign with the creation of a special sunshine pancake, which of course I have to sample. We locate our celebrity guest, Funda Onal, from the reality TV show Made in Chelsea, after her cab gets lost and drops her off in the middle of nowhere. Then it's back to base, where everyone is buzzing from the office skydive, which took place at the weekend. Being five months pregnant, I couldn't take part, but I'm very glad that my team members survived without injury and raised £10,000.

Wednesday - It's the morning of our Sunshine Breakfast at the Evelina Children's Hospital in central London. I arrive early, hoping I'll be in time for the cupcakes and croissants. The event is a great success and, as ever, the reality of what these children go through moves us all. It is lovely to meet up with some children for whom we have already granted wishes and hand out wish packs to play specialists. Our face-painting skills are well and truly tested, and there isn't a crumb or cupcake left when we leave.

Thursday - I'm in the office early again for a final presentation practice before heading to the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in London for our volunteer induction morning. The presentation goes well and there seems to be a lot of interest. When I arrive back in the office, there's a lovely new wish application from a girl who wants to hold a 'celebration of life' party to raise money for us.

Friday - It's our wish morning with the boy band JLS, the culmination of weeks of work. We're granting 13 wishes in one day, as well as facilitating requests from other charities. After a volunteer briefing, the limousines carrying the wish children arrive in Grosvenor Square. JLS are amazing with the children and even manage a Skype call to one who can't make the day. After non-stop autograph signing, singing and dancing, another successful wish morning draws to a close.

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity grants wishes for children living with serious or life-threatening illnesses

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