Thursday, April 18, 2024

Lakeside make Milan’s dream of being Spiderman come true

LAKESIDE will make a wish come true by donating £4,000 (the average cost of a wish) to Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK. The charity grants magical wishes for children and young people fighting life-threatening medical conditions – children like Milan Lall, a four year old boy whose family live locally to Lakeside, who wished to be Spiderman for the day.

Milan was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Burkitt Lymphoma in January this year. During his time in hospital he loved watching Spiderman so when he was asked what his one wish was by Make-A-Wish, he of course said “to be Spiderman”.

On the day of his wish, Milan, who is from Hornchurch in Essex, was taken by limousine to a local climbing centre. On arrival he was treated to a special surprise… the ‘real’ Spiderman was there too! Milan spent the day learning how to climb up walls like Spiderman does.

When Milan was diagnosed, he was kept in Great Ormond Street for two months and underwent intensive chemotherapy. Milan’s parents did shifts to ensure he was never on his own; his Mum, Harpreet, stayed at the hospital during the week and his Dad, Sarabjit, stayed over the weekend.

Harpreet described his wish as the perfect way to end his treatment: “Milan’s wish felt like closure. It was a celebration of him finishing his treatment and starting to be ‘normal’ again. Normality is what he has missed; he just wants to do all the things he did before.”

Paul Lancaster, Lakeside’s General Manager, said: “Thousands of families visit Lakeside every year so the chance to support local children like Milan and his family in this very special way was an absolute pleasure. With our £4,000 donation, Make-A-Wish has been able to make wonderful – and sometimes wacky – wishes just like Milan’s come true; it’s a truly phenomenal charity.”

There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and this year alone 1,400 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their wish granted. The charity needs to raise £6.8 million in 2012 to achieve this.

To refer a child for a wish or to make a donation, please visit: or telephone 01276 40 50 60.


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