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We aim to grant wishes and make dreams
come true, to bring hope and happiness to children and young adults aged 3-25 years
who have life threatening conditions
or severe disabilities.

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The Dream Factory


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La Sala Charity Golf Day
La Sala Charity Golf Day, held on 8th July, was a huge success raising the amazing sum of £6,850. We would like to thank La Sala Restaurant for hosting this event on our behalf and who worked so hard to make it such an enjoyable day.

Our thanks also to all those who attended and supported the Dream Factory with their very generous donations. At the same time we would like to welcome David Bentley, who is one of the La Sala shareholders, on board as our newest Patron. David is a retired footballer, who played for Tottenham Hotspur & Blackburn Rovers, as well as being capped for England.

Avril David & Patti 2

Our thanks also to La Sala Restaurant for hosting a Charity Lunch with The Rt.Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, who is one of our Patrons.  The lunch was attended by 50 of our supporters, including another of our Patrons, Vicki Michelle MBE.  The event included a raffle and auction which raised the wonderful sum of £1,415, for which we are most grateful.

IDS Avril Vicki

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The Dream Factory would like to say a special thank you to Dukes Polo, who very kindly chose to support us as their chosen charity, at this year's fabulous event held at their new location of The Willows. The setting looked superb and they had clearly put in a great deal of effort to produce such a spectacular venue for all the guests. The magnificent sum of £5,180 was raised on the auction and raffle, and our sincere thanks to all those who supported our charity with their generosity on the day.

We are also extremely grateful to our Patrons, Doreen Golding, the Pearly Queen of Old Kent Road, who attended with several of the other Pearly Kings & Queens, Vicki Michelle MBE, Colin McMillan, Lisa Nash and Terry Alderton, who once again did a fantastic job in hosting our auction, for representing the Dream Factory, and of course our wonderful volunteers for helping to raise these funds and create awareness.

Patrons & Avril

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Dates for your Diary

Sunday 27th September 2015 London Pearly Kings & Queens Costermongers Harvest Festival Parade & Service – 17th Anniversay Celebrations, assembling in Guildhall Yard, EC2 2EJ at 1pm.  If you have not previously attended this amazing event – now is your chance, it's a date not to be missed!

Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel are hosting this year's Children's Christmas Party.

Sunday 25th October 2015 – intu Lakeside 25th Anniversary Celebrations

24th September 2015: Charity Golf Day at Chigwell Golf Club.  More details to follow


Our thanks to Kings Road Primary School, Chelmsford, for raising the amazing sum of £2,250 through various fundraising events. 

This money will help us to grant more of the many dream requests we are currently working on.

The Dream Factory would like to thank all the patrons of The Whitmore Arms PH, Orsett for their very generous donations totalling £240.05, to help us to bring more joy to the children whose dreams we aim to fulfil.

Charity Football Match organised on behalf of The Dream Factory

Chris Tapp, whose niece, Chloe, was granted a dream by The Dream Factory last year, organised a charity football match on our behalf, for the second year running.  The match was between Pitsea Athletic and LPA South, with the final score being Pitsea Athletic 5 LPA South 2. 

Along with the football match a raffle was held to raise funds, which included a prize kindly donated by Southend Utd. FC.  The total raised was £994.80, for which we are extremely grateful, and this donation will help us to continue to fulfil the wishes of the most deserving children and young adults.

Bria Crook's Lakeside Dream


Lakeside grants the lovely Bria an amazing Dream  Find out about her day »

RGB Electrical  and the Digwa Brothers

RGB Electrical  and the Digwa Brothers supporting the Dream Factory

Amazing news from Intu Lakeside and Dream Factory

We are their chosen charity and they are aiming to raise £25,000 as its their 25th year.  Two of our Patrons, Vicky Michelle MBE, actress, and Colin McMillan, former World Featherweight Boxing Champion, attended the launch with our founder Avril Mills BEM.

PGA in Essex to continue their support of The Dream Factory charity

PGA in Essex ~
Avril Mills receives the cheque from PGA in Essex 2014 captain Mark Bishop
(left) and PGA in Essex secretary Colin Reynolds

The PGA in Essex has raised £1,000 for The Dream Factory charity over the past year.

The proceeds from its fundraising efforts were presented to the charity's founder, Avril Mills, at a Pro-Am tournament at Toot Hill Golf Club on Wednesday.

The PGA in Essex, which holds about 25 tournaments each season, has announced that it will continue to support the dream-making charity for another year.

The Dream Factory makes dreams come true for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

Miss Mills said: "I am really happy that the PGA in Essex has chosen to support us for another year.

"It is great to be working with such a fantastic organisation and their fundraising will help us to grant many more dreams."

J2L Cycle Challenge 2015

BMW Sytner's Business Development Manager, Kevin Hewitt-Devine, is undertaking a bike ride from John O'Groats to Lands End, on behalf of the Dream Factory. If you would like to sponsor him, his link is below, please visit his Just Giving page

bike ride from John O'Groats to Lands End

Thank You to Honey Fenton

A huge thank you, once again, to Honey Fenton, who very kindly organised a raffle, all on her own, visiting local shops for prizes, and raised the wonderful sum of £263 for the Dream Factory. 

This is the second fundraising event Honey has done on our behalf, she previously raised the magnificent sum of £595 by doing a sponsored walk to school for a week. 

The Dream Factory were happy to grant Honey's sister, Hope, her dream of a hot tub in 2013 to provide some relief from the many disabilities she suffers from. 

In return, Honey has made it her mission to give something back to the Dream Factory and we could not be more grateful or prouder of Honey and her fabulous achievements

Golfers' fundraising raises £7,100 for The Dream Factory

Golfers at Wanstead Golf Club have raised £7,100 for The Dream Factory
thanks to a year of fundraising.

The charity, which makes dreams come true for children and young adults
with life-limiting conditions, was chosen by club captain Tony Mansfield.

The fundraising year began with the Captain's Drive-In which was attended
by professional golfer and Dream Factory patron Simon Khan with a golf bag signed by Simon attracting a £1,000 bid in an auction.

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St.John's School Epping

Students from St.John's School Epping volunteered again this year to pack customers shopping at M&S Epping on December 22nd, 23rd and 24th on behalf of the Dream Factory, raising a fantastic £2,267 from extremely kind donations made by M&S customers.

St.John's School Epping

A huge thank you to all those that took part in 3 fun 'packed' days. (pics attached). We are sincerely grateful to St. John the Baptist Church, Epping, for choosing to support us as one of their chosen charities, following their Christmas Tree Festival this year. The event raised the magnificent sum of £1,948.81 for the Dream Factory, which will help us to continue to make children and young adult's dreams come true.
Charity ball set to raise over £70,000

The Dream Factory charity's fundraising ball looks set to have raised over £70,000.

X-Factor singer Lydia Lucy and acrobatic and dance act Donovan and Rebecca provided the entertainment at the star-studded event held at Orsett Hall, Orsett, on Saturday.

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Insurance Fight Night 2014

A huge thank you to Lee Banks, who chose to support The Dream Factory at the Insurance Fight Night 2014 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in June this year and raised a fantastic £862.50 on our behalf.

The event was the first ever white collar fight night for the insurance industry. 18 contenders undertook 12 weeks of intensive training, before stepping into the ring for their bouts, which were professionally refereed, consisting of 3 rounds, each lasting up to 2 minutes.

Pre-fight interviews were even held before each bout to introduce the fighters and build the atmosphere. Profits from the evening, which included a 3 course black tie dinner & silent auction to raise funds, were split equally between the contenders' chosen charities.

Needless to say, our heartfelt thanks go to Lee for his fantastic efforts and congratulations too, as he was the victor in his fight!

Insurance Fight Night 2014

International Doll Makers Society annual dinner

Avril Mills was delighted to attend, as a special guest, the International Doll Makers Society annual dinner at Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel this month. Members of the society from all over the world attend this event.

The IDMS have supported the Dream Factory for a number of years now and raised the magnificent sum of £1,730 this year.

Their continued support of our charity is very much appreciated and helps us continue our aim of granting dreams for the most deserving children."

Essex Boys & Girls Club

Essex Boys & Girls Club raised an amazing £537.88 on our behalf following their NCS Production at Thameside Theatre in Grays earlier in the year. Our sincere thanks to all the children who participated at this event, which Avril, our founder, had the pleasure of attending.

Five-a-side Football Tournament

Marks & Spencer Romford, held their first big event on our behalf on Sunday, 14th September, a Five-a-side Football Tournament.  Over 20 teams took part from Marks & Spencer stores throughout the London and Greater London area. 

We were delighted that the Romford Branch were victorious on the day.  All monies raised from this event will be match funded and ongoing throughout the year.

Five-a-side Football Tournament

The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills receives British Empire Medal

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The founder of The Dream Factory charity, Avril Mills, has been presented with the British Empire Medal she was awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Avril, 55, received her honour from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex at a ceremony at Ingatestone Hall this evening (Tuesday).

She was accompanied by her daughter, Emma, son, Josh, parents Sara and Ron Kay. Also at the presentation were Lynda Clarke, chair of the Dream Factory trustees and charity patron Ruth Clarke.
Avril, who lives in Epping, said: "The honour of receiving such a special award from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex in front of my family is something I will remember for the rest of my life."

Avril founded the charity six years ago following the death of her nine-year-old son, Oliver, from leukaemia in 1999.

Avril, who has been invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party next summer as part of her award, was told of her honour on Friday, June 13, on what would have been Oliver's 24th birthday.

Miss Mills began fundraising in 1994 when she raised money for Barts and the London Hospital.


Marks & Spencer Romford

M&S Epping

Marks and Spencer Romford have taken us on as their charity from October for a year 

The Happy Days Golf Society

The Happy Days Golf Society held a Golf Day at Brentwood Golf Club in aid of The Dream Factory on 22nd August and raised the most fabulous sum of £1750.00 on our behalf. 

They have also committed to support us again next year, for which we are extremely grateful. 

These funds will help us continue to grant dreams and we are currently dealing with more than 60 new requests.

The PGA in Essex to support The Dream Factory charity

Avril Mills said: "I'm delighted that the PGA in Essex have decided to support us - and the initiative which will see us benefit for every birdie and eagle recorded by its members is a great idea.

"We look forward to working with the PGA in Essex in the months ahead."

In memory Barbara Middleton. 

The Dream Factory wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who made donations in memory of our former volunteer, Barbara Middleton. 

The donations totalled £1,325.50, which shows how highgly respected and dearly thought of Barbara was to her many family and friends
Avril Mills receives British Empire Medal in Queen's Birthday Honours List

The founder of The Dream Factory charity, Avril Mills, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Miss Mills, 55, has been honoured for 'charitable services to children and young people'.

Miss Mills was told of her honour Friday, June 13, on what would have been Oliver's 24th birthday.

She said: "I am just so shocked. This is the hardest secret I've ever had to keep. When I got the letter five weeks ago I had to read it three times to make sure I'd got it correct - and then I burst into tears."

She added: "Oliver is why I started the charity and it's lovely that the list is made public on his birthday. "It really means so much. I invited my whole family tonight (Friday) so we could be together and tell them the news - it's just fantastic. I've kept the letter hidden all this time and have kept on thinking 'is it true'?"

Miss Mills added: "I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of my family, close friends and volunteers.

Barbara Middleton, Dream Factory volunteer

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our volunteers Barbara Middleton.

"She has been a volunteer since the start and was willing to help in whatever way she could from dream making to fundraising. She was one of the kindest and most thoughtful women I know and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends."

Lynda Clarke Chair of Trustees

TAXi Driver Party
december news

A round up of the news so far this month. For more information and photos, please visit our Events page

Terry Alderton and the Letter
for Santa Fundraiser

Terry Alderton and the Letter

Harry Rednapp presented award
to Josh Mills in recognition of
his charity work.

Grace went to Winter
Wonderland in London



They are hosting a Dream Childrens' Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Party at the hotel on Thursday 17th April
Our New Patron

We are delighted to announce that The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has agreed to become a patron of The Dream Factory.

Bishop of Chelmsford

Epping Christmas Market

We will be at Epping Christmas Market on Friday, 6th December from 12 noon until 8.00pm, if you would like to come and support us.

We will be holding a children's raffle on our stall.

We are also holding 2 street collections: 14th December 2013 in Epping High Street and 21st December in Loughton High Street.

The Olli Construction Group

The Olli Construction Group based in E16, are now supporting the Dream Factory and have sponsored 2 recent dreams that we have granted, arranging for Ava and Camille to experience a Princess Makeover at Disneyland.

We would like to express our sincere thanks for this wonderful support.
EastEnders star supports charity founder's Arctic challenge

Comedian Terry Alderton - the newest star of the BBC soap EastEnders - visited an Epping gym to support The Dream Factory charity's founder Avril Mills as she prepares for a drama of her own.

Terry, whose first scene on EastEnders will be screened on November 5, is a patron of The Dream more

EastEnders star supports charity founder's Arctic challenge

Avril Mills meets soccer Heroes Jimmy Greaves and Ron Chopper Harris

Jimmy Greaves and Ron Chopper Harris

Avril Mills meets soccer heroes Jimmy Greaves and Ron Chopper Harris at the Fabulous Orsett Hall Gray's, Essex which will be the venue for next years Dream Factory Xmas Dream Ball November 22nd 2014

They presented Avril with a framed and signed collage of photographs of The Late Boxing champion Henry Cooper

Jimmy Greaves and Ron Chopper Harris
MP Eleanor Laing

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing praises The Dream Factory

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A Very special dream for private mark allen

Soldier thanks "brilliant" charity for replacing items which were stolen as he underwent rehabilitation after he was badly injured in Afghanistan

PRIVATE MARK ALLEN A SOLDIER who lost his legs while serving in Afghanistan has thanked The Dream Factory charity for replacing several items, including a laptop, which were stolen from his car while he was undergoing rehabilitation.

Mark, 22, was serving with 1 Royal Anglian in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was badly injured by an IED (improvised explosive device). A double amputee above the knee, Mark has undergone extensive rehabilitation and treatment, including skin grafts.

It was while he was in London during the course of his treatment and rehab that Mark was left devastated when his car was broken into and his PS3 games console, television and laptop – which had many photographs, including images from his childhood and his time in the Army and in Afghanistan - were stolen while he attended an event hosted by a skin specialist surgeon.

The Dream Factory patron and 'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle was also at the party and learnt of the theft and decided to see if The Dream Factory could do anything help. Today - at Mooro's Restaurant in Abridge Road, Chigwell – Mark met Vicki, The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills and dream co-ordinator Martin Bye to be presented with a laptop, television and PS3 games console. Vicki said: "I think it's fantastic to be able to help and we have been able to replace quite a few of the items that had been stolen, "The Dream Factory has been fantastic and wanted to help from the beginning ." She added: "Mark must have been mortified to lose everything. The terrible thing is that Mark has lost all his photos and things like that."

In an appeal to the thief or anyone who knows where the stolen laptop is now, she added: "If anyone is out there who did take it or has recently acquired a Sony laptop. can we have the hard drive back." Mark, who lives in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, said: "I'd like to thank everyone for what's happened. I couldn't believe it, "It has been amazing. I'm very thankful. It's a brilliant the work that the charity does."

Avril Mills, who set up The Dream Factory to make dreams come true for children and young adults, said: "It was a pleasure to meet Mark and to be able to present him with the items. "Mark has been through so much in such a short space of time that the charity is delighted to be able to help him rebuild his life. Mark is an inspiration to everyone.

Despite what he has been through he has managed to get rebuild his life with the support of his girlfriend Hayley, and he still has a smile on his face. "We hope that our gifts to him will bring him many hours of pleasure as he continues his rehabilitation following his horrific injuries."
Avril & Martin's Husky Sled Challenge through the Arctic in -20 degrees!

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Avril & Martin's Husky Sled Challenge through the Arctic in -20 degrees

Charity duo Avril Mills founder of The Dream Factory & Martin Bye Dream coordinator are to take part in Husky Sled Challenge for The Dream Factory

The Dream Factory charity founder Avril Mills and dream co-ordinator Martin Bye are to take part in the ultimate extreme challenge to raise money for The Dream Factory.

The pair want to raise £8,000 by taking on the Husky Sled Challenge in the Arctic which will see them drive a pack of huskies some 156 miles over seven days.

The challenge, next April, will start in Norway and finish in Sweden. Avril said: "This will certainly test our physical and mental strength in some of the most extreme conditions known to man. "We will be travelling the distance from London to Torquay in temperatures averaging -20 degrees. This is no ordinary charity challenge."

The fundraisers will have to put up their own tents, cook their own food and look after their team of huskies. Avril said this is a hands on' extreme wilderness challenge if ever there was one, especially as I don't like the cold, I'm not a fan of dogs and haven't got a clue how to put up a tent!"

Avril founded The Dream Factory in 2008 in memory of her son, Oliver, who died from leukemia at the age of nine. also follow The Dream Factory on Twitter - @avrilsdream

Charity golf day raises £9,595 for The Dream Factory

A golf day held at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Chigwell, on Friday raised £9,595 for The Dream Factory. The Crystal Golf Day was organised by Danny Talbot, director of Romford-based Crystal Windows and featured a dinner and charity auction, as well as a round of golf at the Abridge Road course.

Comedian Terry Alderton, who has become a patron of the charity, acted as MC and auctioneer at the dinner.

Among the items going under the hammer were a signed Tottenham Hotspur shirt which raised £600 and a golf lesson from PGA professional and The Dream Factory patron Simon Khan which fetched £500. A bottle of House of Commons wine signed by Prime Minister David Cameron went for £150 as the auction alone raised £5.300.

The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "It was a truly amazing day for the charity and I would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make the event such a success. "Special thanks go to Danny Talbot, who organised the event, Terry Alderton for his great input into the evening for his continued support of the charity and to the Dream Factory volunteers who braved the cold out on the course throughout the day.

"Without their support it would not be possible for The Dream Factory to continue to make dreams come true for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

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Epping Forest District Council chairman supports The Dream Factory
A cheque for £1,500 was presented to The Dream Factory

A cheque for £1,500 was presented to The Dream Factory on Friday by Epping Forest District Council chairman Brian Rolfe.

The money was presented to charity trustee Linda Clarke at the council's annual civic awards ceremony held at Gilwell Park, Chingford. Mr Rolfe has chosen The Dream Factory charity and Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs as his charities for the year.

The cheque is the latest donation made to the charity through the chairman's charity appeal. Money raised by the chairman has already paid for Epping teenager Piers Bloomfield, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and his family to meet West End musical star Lee Mead, and to be treated to a special meal in London afterwards.

The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "The support we have received from Brian Rolfe and the council during his year in office has been amazing. "Mr Rolfe's fundraising efforts have already enabled us to make a dream come true (the Lee Mead dream) and now with these additional funds we can continue to make dreams come true."
NEW PATRON - PGA golf pro Simon Khan

NEW PATRON - PGA golf pro Simon Khan

The Dream Factory is very proud to announce our new patron is Epping's own PGA golf pro Simon Khan.

Simon spends a lot of the year on the golf circuit abroad. He has the Dream Factory logo on his golf bag and has just donated £10 from every birdie and has donated £1,970 to help us grant more dreams. He also donated his driver and signed it for our golf day.


A Big thank you

Thank you from Avril

We would like to thank all our supporters and patrons. We have granted so many dreams!!!

In 2012 we have had a very successful ball and a fabulous childrens Christmas party and so many of you have chosen us as your charity of the year.

We look forward to working with you all for many more years to come.

Thank you.

Avril Mills
Scene Magazine

The Dream Factory was featured in SCENE Magazine.

Read the article by clicking on the photo below (PDF format)

The Dream Factory charity holds Christmas party

Some 70 children were the guests of The Dream Factory charity when it held its Christmas party at Mooro's Restaurant, Chigwell.

Everyone had a fantastic time!

Christmas 2012
The Dream Factory's 'Putting on the Glitz' charity ball

A host of celebrities were among the guests at The Dream Factory's 'Putting on the Glitz' charity ball.

The event, at the Prince Regent Hotel, Woodford Bridge,on Saturday raised £34,000 for the charity.

The Dream Factory's 'Putting on the Glitz' charity ball

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Jack & Emily

Today Sunday I went to Northwield, Essex where seven year old Emilly and eleven year old Jack Parr 11 raised £402 to grant a dream for a special dream child - a bicycle and helmet.

The children sold sausage and mash portions, had a cake stand, organised games and a bouncy castl. They also sold Dream Factory pens.

They are also having a cake stall at Jack's school St Nicholas in Harlow. By the time they've finished they will of raised enough to grant 2 dreams for 2 dream children

Jack and Millie

Patsy Palmer together with her husband Richard raised £5000 on All Star Mr & Mrs

A very big thank you to Patsy Palmer and Richard for going on the show raising awareness and raising enough money to grant lots more dreams!

Also, Patsy Palmer will be appearing as a "Guest DJ" at The Putting on the Glitz Ball in November

Avril's Interview with The Ilford Recorder

Brian Rolfe, the newly elected chairman of Epping Forest District Council has chosen the Dream Factory as one of his charities which will benefit from fundraising during his year in office. Fundraising events will be held over the next 12 months to support our charity along with the Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs.

Avril Mills said "This is a fantastic opportunity for us, and we are extremely proud to have been chosen, particularly alongside Chigwell Riding Trust, as we have recently granted dreams for some of their children. Having lived in Epping for many years now, it is a great honour for our charity to be supported by my local council."

the disney wish programme

The Dream Factory are very proud to announce that we are now working directly with THE DISNEY WISH PROGRAMME at DisneyLand Paris

This week Avril, Martin and Sue were invited to go and meet an executive from Disneyland Paris.

During the day we were shown hotel rooms where our dream children will stay and other facilities in the hotel

We were taken to the lovely Disney lounge , where the dream children will be able to rest during there very busy and exciting day in the Disney park.

We also met some of the very special disney team that will create special dream requests FOR DREAM FACTORY CHILDREN

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Golf Bag
Top European Tour Golf Professional Simon Khan has the Dream Factory Logo displayed on his tailor made golf bag!