About The Dream Factory

with help from you

we make dreams come true

The Dream Factory grants dreams to children and young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and/or severe disabilities.
 

Brightening lives. Encouraging hope.

with help from you

we make dreams come true

The Dream Factory grants dreams to children and young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and/or severe disabilities.
 

Brightening lives. Encouraging hope.

692 Dreams granted to date

A message from Avril Mills BEM

Founder and Trustee

I founded my charity in memory of my son, Oliver. When Oliver was three, he got leukemia; unfortunately, when he was nine he passed away. So founding my charity was something I wanted to do, and so The Dream Factory was born. 

The children we help are from the ages of three to twenty-five, with life-threatening, life-limiting conditions or severe disabilities. We also do many end-of-life dreams.

We’ve granted many hundreds of dreams already, but we need more help. We need donations, we need sponsorship, and we always need good volunteers. We don’t get any government funding, so we rely on you. If you think you can help us, please contact us. Or please make a donation. With help from you, we make dreams come true.

Dreams

Jacob’s Dream

Twenty year old Jacob has been diagnosed with a life limiting condition called DiGeorge Syndrome since birth that has had a severe impact on his mental development, physical development and ultimately his life expectancy.
Despite the challenges that Jacob faces, his personality and courage shines through everyday and he is truly an inspirational character who touches the hearts of everyone he meets.

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Charlie’s Dream

Nineteen  year old Charlie was diagnosed with life limiting disorders called Hydrocephalus (build up fluid on the brain)  and Craniosynostosis ( where the skull does not grow properly).  Charlie has also had a liver transplant and has Aortic Stenosis (condition of the heart) and is awaiting surgery.

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Jamie’s Dream

Jamie has been diagnosed with a Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour – a cancer of the cells that form the sheath that covers and protects the peripheral nerves which are those outside the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Sadly Jamie has recently been advised his prognosis has progressed and he has found this really hard to navigate and manage.

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Volunteer for The Dream Factory Team

Join The Dream Factory Team  and become a Volunteer  Dream Maker or help to raise funds and help make more dreams come true.
The Dream Factory would not be able to grant over 690 dreams  without the help and support of our amazing  Fund Raisers and Dream Maker Volunteers

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Jacob’s Dream

The Dream Factory Team were very moved to receive the following message from Jacob who we recently  granted a dream for :

‘Just wanted to say thank you to an amazing charity, The Dream Factory.  At the time I had been given days to weeks to live whilst in ICU with Invasive Aspergillosis Neutropenia.  The videos gave me so much fight to survive and it paid off.  Two months later I’m still here and fighting harder than ever before.’

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Ermir’s Dream

Five year old Ermir was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and is currently undergoing Chemotherapy.  Ermir has also been diagnosed with ASD and Weavers Syndrome.

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Aaliyah’s Dream

Twelve-year-old Aaliyah was diagnosed with Grade 1 Ganglioglioma, brain tumour and received trial medication at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Aaliyah loves everything about Paris and her dream was to visit Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and a famous hot chocolate at the popular cafe La Favorite Saint Paul.

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Tia’s Dream

Nineteen year old Tia was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. During tests, doctors found an abnormality in brain, and it has since been confirmed that this is brain dysplasia. Tia was unaware of this condition prior to her cancer treatment

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Amir’s Dream

14 year old Amir was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 3). Amir is a full time wheel chair user and fully reliant on carers. Amir has also been diagnosed with scoliosis and is reliant on a BIPAP machine during the night. Amir’s dream was for the latest Apple iPhone…

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Model Railway rides raise £1,150

A Massive thank you to Councillor and Mayor of Waltham Forest, Roy Berg,  and his amazing team of volunteers  for raising £1,150.

They donated every £2  from all the trips on the iconic Model Railway, run by The Chingford & District Model Engineering Club, at our Dream Factory Easter Egg Trail in Chingford.
  From everyone at The Dream Factory thank you so much

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Donate your unwanted Clothes

It’s that time of year to switch your clothes from summer to winter and have a clear out. You can support The Dream Factory and declutter your wardrobe at the some time by donating your clothes to reDonate. Every month reDonate makes a donation to The Dream Factory – this month they donated over £900.

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Fundraiser

Be entertained by the one-and-only Scarlet Diamonte, drag diva extraordinaire — all in aid of The Dream Factory.

Our Patron Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP at  our Ladies Fundraising Lunch  November 2023

Our Ambassadors singing Sweet Caroline at our Ambassadors Lunch in January 2023

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