The Dream Factory in The Braintree Community Magazine

Publication: The Braintree Community Magazine

Date: May 2021

There are thousands of  different charities you can fundraise  for or donate to, but the story of a local lady and her charitable journey is one that will bring a tear and perhaps inspire some dreams.

Avril Mills BEM set up The Dream Factory in 2008 in memory of her son Oliver, who died of leukemia aged nine.  While Oliver was ill, Avril helped to grant a dream for a little boy who wanted to visit a football club.  That day, Oliver said ‘Mum when I grow up I want to grant dreams just like you’.  Sadly, Oliver never got that chance, but the premise for The Dream Factory was founded.  Since 2008, the charity has granted hundreds of dreams in his memory.

The Dream Factory aims to brighten the lives and encourage hope for children and young adults aged between 3 and 25 years who have life- limiting or life threatening conditions and/or severe disabilities by way of granting wishes and dreams.

The aim is to do everything possible to grants a child’s dream, which could be to meet their favourite celebrity, their favourite sporting hero, live the lifestyle of a millionaire for the day, own a laptop or the latest mobile phone.  They could choose to take a magical trip to Lapland or Euro Disney or to be a princess for the day.  No wish is too small.  All the dreams are made possible with the invaluable help of our fabulous Dream Makers who are all volunteers.