Granting the wishes of the terminally ill
during the final journey
Ambulance Wish Western Australia will enable people receiving palliative care or who are terminally ill to fulfil a final wish by visiting a place of personal significance, for example, to admire their own garden, to feel the breeze of the beach, or to be surrounded by their loved ones and pets. Medically trained volunteers and specialised vehicles provide the means to make these final dreams come true. It’s usually the little things that mean the most to a person nearing the end of their life.
Ambulance Wish Western Australia’s mission is to give people in end-of-life care the resources, specialist transport and medical care they need to fulfil their final wishes, at no cost to the patient or their family. The service is entirely donor-funded and staffed by medically trained health care professionals who volunteer their time.
Currently raising funds to commission West Australia’s first Wish Ambulance to fulfil patient’s final wishes.
We are excited to welcome this unique and heart warming charity to Western Australia. With medically trained volunteers and adapted ambulances we fulfil the desires of those who are in need of assistance to experience one final wish.
Ambulance Wish Western Australia is inspired by and working in collaboration with the Netherlands charity Stichting Ambulance Wens. Recruiting and training volunteers will commence shortly and work has starting sourcing partners and donations to enable us to start fulfilling wishes.
What would be your last wish?
Would you want to feel the wind on your face while watching the waves crash onto the beach; watch the birds soar above the hills; or the sunlight shining through the trees and shimmering on the river?
Would you prefer to say goodbye to the family pet; attend your daughter’s wedding; or say hello to your sibling or new-born grandchild?
Have one last day at home with mum and dad, visit the art gallery, zoo or rugby; or visit your husband’s grave one last time?
Track our Wish Ambulance Appeal progress
Ambulance Wish Western Australia recently launched its appeal to raise funds for its first ‘Wish Ambulance’, the vehicle which will allow immobile, terminally ill West Australians to fulfil their final wishes. Here you can track our fundraising progress to meet our goal of fulfilling our first final wish.
When we have passed 50 per cent of our $150,000 target we will start our volunteer clinicians training programme, ensuring that they have the required knowledge and skills to safely convey our wish recipients on their final wishes. Once the commissioning date of the ‘Wish Ambulance’ is known, we will open our wish programme.
I can help them and then they can die with a smile on their face
- Kees Veldboar, founder Ambulance Wish Foundation
Granting the last wish
The Dutch charity Stichting Ambulance Wens – Ambulance Wish Foundation – was established by Kees Veldboer in 2007 to help terminally ill patients fulfil one last wish.
The Ambulance Wish concept has now being implemented in 14 countries around the world, including Australia. Ambulance Wish Western Australia is a volunteer-run charity totally dependent on donations.
Who Supports Us
Ambulance Wish Western Australia would like to thank Stichting Ambulance Wens – Ambulance Wish Foundation – and Ambulance Wish Queensland for the use of their images for this website. As a new charity still developing its image library, Ambulance Wish Western Australia has used some of the Ambulance Wish Foundation and Queensland images to illustrate the amazing work by Ambulance Wish.
As Ambulance Wish Western Australia grows and starts fulfilling last wishes the website images will be replaced by West Australian images and video.