News Archive


Our Volunteer Heroes Sally and Dave

Meet Our amazing heroes of the week Sally & Dave 💜

I first met Avril five or six years ago when I was planning to retire and “take a step back”.  I was going to volunteer my help in the office but very quickly found there was a part time job vacancy I couldn’t resist which filled my shoes perfectly and I was soon working as Office Manager alongside Avril and the team.

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£800 Raised for Maisie’s Dream !

We would like to thank Wendy Hill and all her friends for raising a massive £800.00 in memory of beautiful Maisie who was granted a dream by The Dream Factory earlier this year.

Thank you to you  all  for your kindness and generosity during these very difficult times.

Its thanks to you, we can make more dreams come true !


Ilford Recorder: teens run 5k to help The Dream Factory

“Avril told the Recorder that although times are ‘challenging’, she and her team are working hard to grant as many dreams as possible.

“Jacob has overcome every adversity to become the special little boy he is, a Disney-loving child who brings endless joy to his family.”

Read the full article at Ilford Recorder.


A message from our founder

July update from our founder and trustee  Avril Mills  BEM

Hello everyone,  I would like to update you on our situation at The Dream Factory, since the Covid lockdown .  Life with The Dream Factory  has had to change, so that we conform with the government guidelines.

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Help us achieve our 500th Dream

We only have 8 more dreams to achieve this milestone. It  would be amazing if we could reach our 500th Dream and bring some joy and put smiles on vulnerable children’s faces who might be still isolating or spending time in hospital away from family and friends.

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city academy encore

A big foot tapping thank you to everyone at the City Academy Encore for putting together the most uplifting video during lockdown to help raise funds for The Dream Factory.

Click on the link below to listen to the very talented City Academy Encore as they present 38 Planes/ Somewhere in The Middle of Nowhere from the hit musical ‘Come from Away’

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our volunteer heroes maureen and raymond levy

For over two years, Maureen and Raymond have volunteered for The Dream Factory and have truly been the most wonderful couple who are always helping grant dreams and fundraising.

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5k run raises money for Jacob’s Dream

A big WELL DONE to the wonderful Emerson Park Academy lads who today ran 5k and raised over £2500, granting the dream of five-year old Jacob – so he can now go to Disneyland Paris and make memories with his family.

Lads, you are truly an inspiration to us all, and it’s lovely to see kids helping kids.

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Design your own mask

Here is a wonderful colourful designed mask from Lily who took part in our fun activity Design Your Own Mask  . Lily attends Branfil Primary School in Upminster. 

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70km exercise a week!

We would like to say a massive thank you to a very inspirational young lady who has recently raised £250 for The Dream Factory.

Katie did 70km of exercise a week during lockdown in the form of running, walking and even cycling which is a fantastic achievement…

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Our latest dream fulfilled

We are so happy that we have been able to grant Declan’s dream of an Apple MacBook.  We have many more dreams pending that we really want to grant – and we are asking for your support. Please give at:

Find out more about Declan’s dream…

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A message from Murad Farhat

A dream recipient and our fabulous Ambassador Murad Farhat, sent us this wonderful message to share with you all. We urgently need your help as we try to plan new fundraising events. Watch Murad’s video message now…

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