ONE morning in September 2008 Meg Bhari’s mum Jean was unable to wake her daughter and in a ‘blink of an eye’ their whole lives changed.
Meg, who is still seriously ill, has now gone through 23 brain operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London but all the 16-year-old from Station Road, Loxwood wants to do is make a difference to the lives of other children.
A few months ago, despite being in constant pain and having to sit bolt upright at night, she set up Believe in Magic, a charity which makes the dreams of seriously or terminally ill children come true.
“I’d done a lot of fundraising for other charities but wanted to set up something to spread some magic, to make a difference,” said Meg.
Believe In Magic gives once in a lifetime ‘magical’ experiences to children across the country.
For example, the charity is publishing a book written by an eight year old, is going to turn a girl into a princess for the day and is trying to set up a meeting with boy band JLS for another girl.
The latest fundraiser is a national raffle with prizes including an all-inclusive five star holiday in Dubai, a trip to Disneyland and a weekend in London.
Hamleys Toy Store is even closing its doors to the public in February so the charity can have an exclusive children’s party there.
Despite being in constant pain and suffering blackouts everyday Meg, insists you ‘just have to keep smiling’, saying it is ‘amazing to be able to give something to children and make such a difference’.
“When I first started it I didn’t realise it was going to become so big so quickly,” she said, adding: “One Direction (boy band) have pledged their support to Believe in Magic.
“The boys even wore our Believe in Magic wristbands on stage at the Radio 1 Teen Awards.”
The charity has the support of a whole host of big names and Meg was nominated by 34 people for a Radio 1 Teen Award recently.
She was in the final 12 of 800 entries and spent a day at London’s Wembley Arena mixing with the stars at the prestigious event.
On the charity website - http://believeinmagic.co.uk/ - Meg’s mum said: “In a blink of an eye our whole lives changed in September 2008 when I couldn’t wake her one morning.
“By the time we arrived at A&E she was screaming in pain and was admitted immediately.
“Here we are today 23 operations and over 40 hospital stays later and although our lives are very different now she has never lot her sparkle and is an inspiration to everyone who knows her.”
Find out more about the Believe In Magic national raffle at www.believeinmagicnationalraffle.co.uk