The experience of Christmas in Lapland for children with life limiting illnesses

Founded in 1987 with 30 years of funding

Welcome to Northern Lights!

Northern Lights at the Airport

Northern Lights is a children’s charity that raises funds to give children with life limiting illnesses the experience of a holiday they will never forget.

Snowy View - Northern Lights

Every December we take 20 or more children from the North of England. Aged 6-11, on a 5-day all inclusive holiday above the Arctic Circle in Lapland.

Party Night - Northern Lights

Dog sled rides, reindeers, snow-mobiles, deep crisp snow. Not to mention seeing the Northern Lights or the excitement of visiting Santa at his home.

New Year Honours 2018

Chairman and founding member of Northern Lights Children’s Charity receives MBE in 2018 New Year Honours list.

We are delighted to announce that Karen Jones, Chairman of Northern Lights, has been recognised with a MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 for her services to children with life limiting illnesses in the North West and North Wales.

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Million Milestone

The Icing is on the Christmas Cake as Northern Lights Celebrate a £1 Million Milestone 

Northern Lights Children’s Charity has hit the magic £1 million milestone – with a record breaking 30th Anniversary year culminating in a black-tie Ball raising over £12,000 to help reach their target.

Since Northern Lights Children’s Charity (formerly the Christopher Johnson Fund) was founded in 1987, thanks to the generosity of its supporters, it has in December this year hit the £1,000,000 raised.

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30th Anniversary

In 2017 we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Northern Lights started the celebrations early on 1st December 2016 when we launched the Lapland Challenge and Parkgate Carnival. We are also planning lots of events throughout the year, as a result we hope to have 30 different events. So we need your help with organising and supporting the events. If you would like to organise or help with an event please contact us.

Corporate Sponsors wanted to support a number of events.

Parkgate Carnival Banner

As we’re making this a bumper year we’re looking for Volunteers to help us at these events, especially Parkgate Carnival. Lots of volunteers are essential to ensure the smooth running of events. If you can spare some time and would like to volunteer, please to download a Volunteer Form and return it to us. Please visit our events calendar to see what is going on.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services

Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday 2 June 2015 that Northern Lights were to become recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS).

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. The QAVS begun in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Northern Lights were chosen for our voluntary work in the community since 1987. We were assessed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire representatives on the benefit the charity brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Please see the following The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Press Release.

25th Anniversary

As a result of many celebrations of the 25th Anniversary in 2012 £72,274 was raised. Consequently we increased awareness with more people than ever knowing all about Northern Lights. Therefore work can continue to take many more children on holidays. So much went on in 2012 so please take a look at our newsletters.

Our Patron

As a Patron and passionate supporter of Northern Lights I’m thrilled to be part of the celebration of its last 30 years.

30 years of love, caring and professionalism dedicated to over 500 children who have been taken on a holiday of a lifetime. 30 years where nearly £1 million has been raised to make sure that smiles are put on their faces and spirits are lifted sky high.

Click the picture of Dr Hilary to watch the promotional video.

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