Young Charlie's efforts help children Make a Wish

By Barrie Hudson - 25 March 2021

  • Charlie dressed as his greatest hero - his paratrooper great-grandfather

    Charlie dressed as his greatest hero - his paratrooper great-grandfather

A five-year-old Swindon boy has raised more than £1,000 for Make-A-Wish UK.

Charlie Ukich-Sanders was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore to run 500 metres every day of February, dressed as a different hero each time.

Charlie decided that the money he raised would go to Make-A-Wish, to help children with serious illnesses have their wishes granted.

He wore a different character’s outfit each day, starting with Captain America then Spiderman, Wolverine and Harry Potter, before wearing his own clothes on the 28th day of his challenge. 

However, the moment that moved his mum, Lucie, to tears was when he dressed up as his great granddad, who was a paratrooper in World War Two.

Afterwards, Charlie said: “I really enjoyed the challenge and I’m really happy that I raised the money. It was both easy and hard because I liked seeing how fast I could run each day and watching all the donations come in.”




He completed his challenge, come rain or shine, smashing his target of raising £500 within the first week - and then doubled it.

People can continue to support Charlie’s fundraising efforts at

A spokesperson for Make-A-Wish UK said: “It’s so heart-warming that Charlie chose to fundraise for other children – he's our fundraising Wish Hero! Thank you so much to Charlie and his family.”

Every day, the lives of 10 families in the UK are changed forever when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness. 

From that moment, childhood takes a backseat to medical appointments and worry. A wish helps to restore that childhood and puts worry on the backseat. 

It provides an opportunity to choose something positive to look forward to and the chance to be a child first and a patient second.

To find out more about how wishes can help, visit or follow the charity on social media @makeawishuk  

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