The Christmas Wish Project creates magical portraits of sick kids at Perth Children’s Hospital

Perth team leader Linda Hewell from Linda Hewell Maternity and Newborn Photography co-ordinates a shoot at Perth Children's Hospital.
Perth team leader Linda Hewell from Linda Hewell Maternity and Newborn Photography co-ordinates a shoot at Perth Children's Hospital.

SICK children were transported to a magical world in the lead up to Christmas without having to leave the hospital.

The Christmas Wish Project, now in its third year, was a series of events around the world to capture Christmas portraits of more than 200 children stuck in hospital during the festive period.

Organised by The Heart Project, a volunteer organisation dedicated to improving families lives through creativity, photographers visited children in 10 cities in four countries, which for the first time included Perth.

Perth team leader Linda Hewell from Linda Hewell Maternity and Newborn Photography co-ordinates a shoot at Perth Children’s Hospital.

The project involved children at Perth Children’s Hospital being photographed on a green screen, then surprising them with the finished portraits that showed them in a magical Christmas scene with Santa.

In Australia, the project visited Victoria, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, then Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand, finishing in Canada and the UK.

“This year, some might say more than ever before, we’ve witnessed a world that could do with a little bit more love,” The Heart Project co-founder Karen Alsop said.

“Our mission has always been to put a smile on the face of families who are doing it tough at Christmas by making them escape reality – even for a day – thanks to the power of Photoshop.”