About Us

We understand the real-life impact of the words ‘You have cancer’ because our founders have been there.

Mummy’s Wish can’t change the outcome of mum’s cancer journey, but we can minimise the negative impact on the family unit.

Our Mission: To support Australian families with children aged 12 years and under, through the provision of practical, immediate and non-means tested support whilst mum is receiving treatment for cancer.

Our Vision: Manage the distressing impact of cancer on mums and their family units.

Every day around Australia, 13 other families have their lives turned upside down when they find out mum has cancer. We have supported more than 2500 families since 2007 and expect that number to increase to 4000 Australian families by the end of 2018.

We know that every family’s situation is different and tailor our support for each family to ensure that these young families can keep functioning during mum’s battle with cancer.

The work that we do allows mums undergoing treatment to cope with their illness and meet the physical and emotional needs of a young family. We connect with the mums on diagnosis and are there to offer support during her full treatment journey.


Our Story

Our founders know all too well the shock and fear associated with finding out you have cancer when you have a young family to care for.

Mummy’s Wish was founded by Queensland mums Bernadette Vella and Gayle Richardson who understand firsthand how daunting the doctor’s words “you have cancer” are when you are the primary carer of young children. Mummy’s Wish delivers a unique and critical support service, refined and developed following the personal experience of its founders and the many mums hospitalised as a result of their cancer diagnosis.

Mummy’s Wish is a progressive not-for-profit that, in its 10 short years of operation has already demonstrated high levels of success in running an efficient, professional, caring and lean service helping mums with cancer.

Just 14 weeks into her pregnancy with daughter Arielle, the founder of Mummy’s Wish, Bernadette, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

When I was 32 years old, with a 12-week-old baby, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. My family went into overdrive and sorted out babysitting between the grandparents so my husband could still work to pay the bills.


Mummy’s Wish is an Australian registered charity and has been endorsed as a deductible gift recipient since 2007.

Mummy’s Wish is passionate about providing young Australian families with immediate, practical and non means tested support while Mum is receiving treatment for cancer.

We are committed to providing our donors, supporters and members with current, easy to understand, transparent information detailing how funds and support generously given to us is used and accounted for.

Should you wish to know more feel free to contact CEO, Emma Bryant via email emma@mummyswish.org.au and she will be delighted to continue the conversation.

Mummy’s Wish Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee.  Our ACN is 615 374 313 and our financial accounts are kindly audited by Pitcher Partners. Our constitution, audited financial reports and annual information statements can be viewed on the ACNC website.

Our people

Our people are the heart of Mummy’s Wish. We are a small, experienced team of staff and volunteers dedicated to helping Mums and their young families impacted by cancer. Our team has a comprehensive understanding of the day to day challenges a Mum will face during cancer treatment whilst caring for a young family. We all hope that one day there will be a cure for cancer, but until then we are here to help.

Our CEO and Board

Mummy’s Wish is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. They are passionate about using their skills to oversee, support and provide strategic direction to the charity.


Emma Bryant, Chief Executive Officer

Trevor Cuss, Chairperson

Annie Stonehouse, Secretary

Bree Oelling, Treasurer

Saxon Rice, Director

Melissa Weier, Director

Rachel Burke, Director