On Friday 20th May Eddie Stobart invited children and their families, charity patrons and staff for a fun filled day at their Service Support Centre (SSC) in Warrington, Cheshire to launch their 2016/17 partnership with children’s charity When You Wish Upon a Star. 

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When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the wishes of children aged 2-16 years living with a life threatening illness. These wishes have the power to transform the lives of children and their families and since 1990 they have granted over 16,000 wishes across the UK.

While at the SSC, the kids toured the building and saw all the unique instalments like the Volvo split truck and the reception cab, they took in a magic show, met some drivers, the Wish Fairy and the Wish Bear, ate a buffet lunch and had their own photo shoot with some Eddie Stobart trucks. 

Also at the SSC for the day were celebrity actors Sasha Parkinson, who plays Sian in Coronation Street, and Tricia Penrose, who plays Gina in Heartbeat, and Steady Eddie even made an appearance, delighting the kids and teaming up with the Wish Bear to wish Timmy (pictured below) a very happy 10th birthday!

Eddie Stobart staff were invited to wear non-uniform for the day for a small contribution, and a bake sale was held at the SSC and Head Office. There was also a raffle with fantastic prizes ranging from a 48” Samsung 4K HD TV and a PlayStation 4 with two games, to afternoon tea for two in Manchester and a giant teddy bear.

The company would like to say a huge thank you to all who donated on the day and to all who baked cakes for the bake sale – we raised over £2,000 to help When You Wish Upon a Star grant the wishes of even more children.

And a special thank you to Jeanette Denmade, Executive Assistant, the rest of the charity team, the facilities team and everyone else who helped make the day a huge success.