About us

The mission of Ambulance Wish Western Australia is to fulfil the wishes of terminally ill people who are no longer mobile and unable to travel without medical intervention, equipment and support. Medically trained volunteers and adapted ambulances provide the means to make these last dreams come true.

During a person’s final weeks or days, it is possible to bring them joy and comfort through visiting a familiar place that reignites precious memories. It is also possible to fulfil something special on their bucket list that can give them a sense of achievement and excitement. Finally, it is possible to gather a family and friends to create one last memory, one last celebration of their loved one.

It’s usually the little things that mean the most to a person nearing the end of their life, but these can seem impossible.

Core Values

We believe in the value of working with others and achieving together what may not be possible alone for the best interests of our community. We aspire to bring a collaborative spirit and strategy to all that we do, learning from the insights and leadership of others, and sharing openly what others may be able learn from us.

Compassion: Awareness of a person’s suffering with an urge to alleviate their pain.

Courage: Be bold and challenge the status quo.

Dignity: Valuing every person as an individual whose value is not diminished by pain or suffering.

Humanity: Understanding and kindness towards others.

Humility: Have curiosity and the desire to learn.

Respect: Treat everyone with dignity and value the collective power of teamwork.

Wisdom: To make decisions in the best interests of the community.

History of Ambulance Wish

On 26 February 2007  Stichting Ambulance Wens was established in the Netherlands as an addition to the care for immobile terminally ill patients. Too many people die with unfilled wishes – one of the causes is the inability to realise certain wishes because the person is no longer mobile. Therefore, their foundation was started to help people who are dependent on transport by ambulance.

For the founder of Stichting Ambulance Wens Kees Veldboer, while employed and working as an ambulance driver, one particular occurrence was the trigger for starting Stichting Ambulance Wens. In Rotterdam while driving the ambulance, Kees realised the last wish of the meanwhile deceased former sailor Mr Stefanutto. This patient very much wanted to sail on a ship one last time, and so they did.  The documentary – Turning Point – describes how one person, determined to spread joy and make a difference, developed an organisation that fulfils the last wishes of the terminally ill and bedridden individuals. 

The concept realised by Stichting Ambulance Wens – Ambulance Wish Foundation –  has been introduced across the globe, including now Western Australia. Gary and Susie Wilson, both Registered Healthcare Professionals, following the death of a friend from a brain tumour, were inspired by the international story of Ambulance Wish and could see how a similar scheme could benefit Western Australian patients. After reaching out to Kees, they, with a group of friends, established Ambulance Wish Western Australia.

The Ambulance Wish concept has been adopted across the globe, with charities in the following countries:

You can follow the work of all the ambulance wish charities at Ambulance Wish International

Management committee and volunteers

Ambulance Wish Western Australia is managed and operated solely by volunteers. 

Management Committee

Susan Wilson


With over 20 years in emergency care, Susie works as both a registered nurse, registered paramedic and educator. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse in a busy emergency department in Perth, working privately as a paramedic and managing her own training company. Susie is a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.


Gary Wilson

Committee Member

With over 20 years pre-hospital care experience, Gary is a registered paramedic currently working in the Perth metropolitan area. A clinical educator with a Masters in Health Professional Education, he is also an experienced journalist, photographer and magazine editor. He is also a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

Kim Peppiatt

Committee Member

Kim is a registered nurse currently working both on a mental health ward at a busy hospital in Perth and as a drug and alcohol CNS. Several years ago she cared for her husband until he died from a Glioblastoma Multiforme, and has personal experience of WA palliative care, both as a healthcare provider and family carer.

Mandy Morgan-Lewis

Committee Member

Mandy is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in nursing, project management and education, including developing and implementing health and education programs and solutions across diverse areas of health, including the UK ambulance service, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Phoenix Arizona.

Sarah Simpson

Committee Member

Sarah is a professional pastoral practitioner, currently managing pastoral services at a busy hospital in Perth, where she is an integral part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, complementing and contributing to the overall person-centred care provided to patients, residents, their families and hospital staff.

Community Ambassadors

All Community Ambassadors have a their own webpage to confirm their charity representation. Simply scan their individual QR code (found on their Ambulance Wish Western Australia ID card and business cards) to confirm their Community Ambassador status. 

Youth Ambassadors

It is not possible to directly contact our under-18 years Youth Ambassadors – please email youth@ambulancewishwa.org.au with your message and the Ambulance Wish Western Australia Management Committee will forward your message to them.

Wish Ambulances


Hydi was donated by bp (Kwinana) and is named after their refinery equipment. Hydi was the emergency response ambulance at Kwinana, but following the closure of the refinery and the creation of a clean energy hub, an ambulance was no longer required on site and was the first vehicle donated to Ambulance Wish Western Australia.


Kees was donated by St John WA. It has been named in honour of the late Kees Veldboer, the creator of Stichting Ambulance Wens (Ambulance Wish Foundation, The Netherlands) and a huge inspiration in the development of Ambulance Wish Western Australia.


Ambulance Wish Western Australia is completely dependent on corporate partnerships, donations and community fundraising to ensure its outcomes are achieved. 


Palliative Care WA's vision is quality palliative care for all and the organisation is working towards this by emphasising a collaborative approach with its members, the palliative care sector and other key stakeholders, and in particular with the WA community. Their experience in promoting the principles and practices of palliative care will assist Ambulance Wish WA to provide the highest quality care for its wish recipients and its integration into the WA palliative care sector.
Who Supports Us
Founding Donors

Roseanne Adamson

Elizabeth Ashton

Lena Baars

Megan Bateman

Bec Boughton

Samantha Burton

Michelle Clark

Elle Conant

Samantha Dow

Anne-marie Dykstra

Lorraine Evans

Cameron Friday & Family

Christine Gilligan

Richard Hayes

Jamie Hobbs

Peter Jones

Rachael Kelly

Jo Kempton

Pauline Kuhl

Rianne Laros

Tania Leach

Rianne Laros

Rowan Marshall

Ruby McCaw

Jen & Tom Mellor

Vicki Murphy

Juanita O’Donnell

Lee & Grace Renton

Ben Robinson

David Robinson

Sarah Simpson

Tinesh Tamilkodi

Ruth Thomas

Craig Vanderplank

Ian & Gail Vanderplank

Jacqueline & Eugine Venter

James & Tepou Watene

Arnold & Celia Wilson

Susie & Gary Wilson

Graeme Winters



We run entirely on charitable donations. Whether it is a one-off or regular giving, your donation to Ambulance Wish Western Australia will help fulfil the wishes of terminally ill WA patients.


We are always looking for volunteers. We’re looking for Nurses, Paramedics, Medical Practitioners, Professional drivers, Photographers, Videographers, Fundraisers, Office volunteers, and more . . .

Make a wish

Fulfilling wishes, celebrating lives!
. . . The wish form . . .
If you have a wish, please fill out the wish form and describe your wish as clearly as possible.