meeting reptiles

A creepy-crawly experience for Max!

Thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, Max became a zookeeper for the day.


Max’s creepy crawly image is transformed
Illustrator Jackie Parsons has captured the creepy crawly nature of the wish granted to animal lover Max by Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK in this beautiful illustration. Ten year old Max has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease, which meant two years ago he lost the ability to walk. Consequently, Max spends a lot of his time inside watching documentaries about animals. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, he became a zookeeper for the day. Here we can see Max getting up close and personal with his new eight legged friend. Keep your eyes peeled for special packs of Fairy when you do your weekly shop to help grant even more magical wishes.


Ten year old Max Hewison has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease, which meant two years ago he lost the ability to walk. Consequently, Max spends a lot of his time inside watching documentaries about animals. This all changes when, thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation®  UK, he became a zookeeper for the day.

Max and his family travelled from his home in Brighton to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne. Max, who has always been fascinated by reptiles, was over the moon to be taken on a tour of the park by Head Reptile Keeper, Tom. The ten year old got up close and personal with snakes, lizards and a five year old tarantula called Rose; Max could only manage a single word – “Wow” 

Diagnosed when he was just three years old, Max has undergone several operations but has now made the decision, with his family, not to have any more treatment. Sadly, to add to the distress of Max’s diagnosis for the family, his brother Samuel, who also attended the zoo, has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome, which causes constant hunger and behavioural problems.

Max’s Mum Lisa said: “When Max was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy it was very hard to take in. Now he’s older he does ask a lot of questions and he does realise what will happen…in his heart, his mind and his body, everything’s giving up but he will not give up himself, which is why his wish has been absolutely brilliant. We couldn’t have asked for anything else.”

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Fairy has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation for 10 years and has raised over £1m to date. Whether a child’s wish is to be a princess for a day, or to take a trip to Lapland, the charity can make it happen. There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and this year alone 1,000 children will turn to Make – A- Wish to have their wish granted.

If you’d like to help Make-A-Wish Foundation UK to grant even more magical wishes, donate directly by texting WISH to 70007 to donate £3 to Make-A-Wish. Texts cost £3, plus your standard network rate. Make-A-Wish will receive a minimum of £2.96 of your gift. Full T&Cs on www.make-a-wish.org.uk/fundraising/donate

 

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