Promise Dreams blast out club classics to mark 18 years of helping terminally ill

By James Vukmirovic | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A national charity spun all the club classics as it held an 18th anniversary party in the city where it began helping terminally ill children realise their dreams nearly two decades ago.

From left, founding trustees Suresh Bawa and Steve Walker with Wolves legend Steve Bull celebrating 18 years of Promise Dreams at Wolverhampton Racecourse

The celebration of Wolverhampton-based Promise Dreams also raised a significant amount of money to help its Christmas campaign.

Promise Dreams aims to help children who are seriously or terminally ill by making their dreams, such as a holiday of a lifetime or meeting their celebrity hero, come true.

It celebrated its 18th anniversary with a gala ball at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Friday.

Wolverhampton panto star Aaron James leads the proceedings at Poppett's 18th Birthday Club Classics Party for Promise Dreams

The event, called Poppett's 18th Birthday Club Classics Party, had a 90s theme, with a dress code of either black tie or 90s clubbing.

It featured a live headline DJ set by Inspiral Carpets keyboardist and Hacienda DJ Clint Boon, as well as live music from Live Wires and a hip-hop and club classics set from DJ Matt Black.

The evening was attended by Wolves legend Steve Bull and was hosted by comedian and forthcoming Wolverhampton pantomime star Aaron James, who will appear at the Grand Theatre this Christmas iN Dick Whittington. It saw more than £27,000 raised from ticket sales, raffles and auctions throughout the evening.

The money raised will go towards providing Christmas dreams for children around the region, adding to the 12 dreams already granted by Promise Dreams every month of the year.


Since being founded in 2001, Promise Dreams have raised more than £3.5 million and have granted dreams for 2,400 children.

Founding trustee Suresh Bawa talks on stage at Wolverhampton Racecourse

One of the founding trustees, Suresh Bawa, spoke about what it meant for him to be able to help so many children over the last 18 years.

He said: "The objective of Promise Dreams is to help the children and the families to enjoy cherished moments with their child.


"The success over the last 18 years shows the contributions made by people and the impact it has had on the families by the smiles raised.

"It's not all been happy times and it can be sad and tragic, but it's good to know we've been able to have a positive impact on people.

"It really has been a collective achievement."

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at


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