Charity Beneficiary

The Card & Payments Awards has a long history of supporting charities through the Awards night raffle. Since the first awards, we have raised vital funds for First Love Foundation, Anthony Nolan, MS Society, NSPCC, Teenage Cancer Trust, Samaritans, Mencap, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Shelter and Young Minds.

For 2022 we are proud to support When You Wish Upon A Star

When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness. Our Wishes have the power to transform the lives of children and their families. Since 1990 we have proudly granted over 18,500 Wishes across the UK.

In 1989, the charity founder Barbara White met a delightful little 4 year old girl called Johanna who was very sick, but still managed a smile! Johanna told Barbara that she would love to go to Florida to meet all her favourite characters, so Barbara started fundraising for the family to have a trip of a lifetime, but sadly during this time Johanna's health deteriorated and her Wish could not be granted as this brave little girl passed away. Meeting Johanna and her lovely family was inspirational to Barbara and seeing all the heartache they went through, inspired her to start When You Wish Upon a Star in September 1990, so more children living with a life threatening illness could have their magical Wish granted.

We believe every child deserves to smile and with support from our supporters we can give children and their families something to look forward to through times of uncertainty and often financial as well as emotional strain. Wishes allow the family to put their child’s illness on hold as they have fun and create precious memories together.

Every donation we receive brings a poorly child’s Wish closer to being granted. For more information on how donations make a difference please visit our website to see recently granted Wishes and find out about our upcoming fundraising events as we celebrate our 31st year of granting Wishes. You can also ‘Like’ us on Facebook or join us for a chat on Twitter.