Epping: Celebrities turn out for Charity launch
Publication: East London & West Essex Guardian
Date: February 2008
A CHARITY which grants wishes and dreams to ill children and young adults has been launched in Epping – with the help of a host of celebrities.
Hardman film star Ray Winstone, who lives in Roydon, and Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle were among those at Bar 195 in Epping High Street last Thursday evening to officially launch The Dream Factory.
The charity has been formed by Avril Mills, former fundraiser and events manager at Haven House Childrens’ Hospice, in Woodford Green.
Avril was inspired by her son, Oliver, who died of leukaemia at the age of nine.
While Oliver, a big EastEnders fan, was having treatment in hospital, Avril arranged for him to meet soap stars Ross Kemp, Martine McCutcheon and Sid Owen. She went on to organise a wish for another patient who had always wanted to meet the Arsenal football team.
Avril said: “The Dream Factory aims to brighten the lives and encourage hope for children and young adults aged between three and 25, who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and/or severe disabilities by way of granting wishes and dreams.
“We aim to do everything possible to grant a child’s wish, which could be to meet the star of their dreams, their favourite football player or sporting hero, take a ride in a limo, enjoy a pamper day or own a Playstation, laptop or the latest i-Pod or cool mobile phone, take a magical trip to Lapland or enjoy the wonders of Disneyland.
“No wish is too small and hopefully we’ll soon be in a position to make some big dreams come true.” The charity is appealing for funds.
Supporters can make a donation, volunteer, sponsor or organise an event, or ask their employer to make The Dream Factory their charity of the year.
For more details, ring Avril Mills on 020 8501 1234 or email .