The Dream Factory: making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illness and disability with Avril Mills

Ep.12 03/12/2020

‘My dream was to grant dreams for other children, so that’s what we’re doing’

This week Krish is joined on the podcast by Avril Mills, who was inspired to create the charity The Dream Factory after the loss of her son Oliver to leukaemia. Diagnosed at age 3 and in and out of hospitals for treatment over the years, Oliver sadly passed away aged 9. During one hospital visit Avril discovered one of the other young children’s wishes was to meet an Arsenal football player, and Avril made that dream come true for him. Impressed, Oliver had said “Mum, when I grow up I want to grant dreams just like you”.

Inspired by this Avril now runs the Dream Factory and continues to grant dreams. An incredible charity. The Dream Factory grants dreams for young people between the ages of 3 and 25 with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and/or severe disabilities. Avril and her Dream Makers have granted 496 dreams so far, ranging from iPads so that children can communicate with their friends and family from hospital, through to incredible holidays for the family.

Avril stresses that one child needing treatment or support for an illness or disability has an impact on the whole family, and particularly on siblings. Avril had to give up working to look after Oliver, and she discusses the financial strain many of the families she helps to provide dreams for are under. Avril wants The Dream Factory to grow so that more children’s dreams can be granted, and is trying to raise funds to make sure this can happen.

If you are inspired by Avril’s story and want to help support The Dream Factory, you can find more information below:

The Dream Factory