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

Founded in 1987 with over 28 years of funding

Welcome to our website!


Northern Lights is a children’s charity formed to raise funds to give children with life limiting illnesses the unique experience of a very special holiday they will never forget.


Every December we take 12 or more children from the North of England, aged between 6 and 11, on a 5-day all inclusive holiday to a luxury resort above the Arctic Circle in Lapland.


Dog sled rides, reindeers, snow-mobiles, deep crisp snow. Not to mention seeing the great Northern Lights or the excitement of visiting Santa at his home in a forest by a frozen lake.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Buckingham Palace  announced  on  Tuesday  2  June  2015  that  Northern  Lights  were  to become recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) for 2015. 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. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Northern Lights were nominated for their volunteer work in the community since its founding in  1987  and  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

2012 was our 25th anniversary which led to many celebrations as we raised £72,274. We raised the awareness of Northern Lights with more people than ever knowing who we are and what we do. This will allow for us to continue our work and take many more deserving children on holidays of a lifetime. We are hoping that events will continue into 2013 and beyond please visit our events calendar to see what is going on and when. So much went on in 2012 so please take a look at our newsletter and review of 2012 Aurora Newsletter 2013.

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