January. The depths of winter, when the joys of Xmas and New Years are behind us and work is all we have in the foreseeable future. It’s no wonder some of us feel the January Blues.

But for ill children the blues can be all year around. How’s that for perspective?

Rays of Sunshine grant wishes to sick kids at times when they need it most – bringing light into their lives at just the right time to help them out.

It’s not a coincidence that the colour of our sun, Orange, is the complementary colour to Blue. It’s a vibrant antidote to the Blues.

So this Blue Monday and throughout the rest of January we’re asking people to inject some orange into the days of those who need it.

Whether that means giving a vitamin laden orange with a compliment to a friend in need, or a donation to Rays of Sunshine via text to grant a wish to a child in need. Find out how you can help.

Donate to Rays of Sunshine

Text ‘RAYS17 £3’ to 70070 or donate online now via the link below.

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Why Orange?

Why an orange you may ask?

  1. Orange is the complimentary colour of Blue, in fact, orange light cancels out blue light. Bye bye Blue Monday!
  2. They are a symbol of love, who knew?
  3. Oranges a bright like the sun,  and we all like a few rays.
  4. They’re pretty handy, and easy to share with a friend.
  5. Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C,  keeping the colds away.

Support Us


Got a friend who needs a bit of a pick-me-up? Tweet, Insta, email or turn up on their doorstep with one of these images or an orange itself and a compliment. Just make sure you include hashtag #complimentaryorange and @raysofsunshine to help with their blues, and raise money for children in need all in one. The image will do the rest.

Right-click “save image” on the image you like above. Or click the button below to download the set and take your pick.


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If you’re an organisation, we’d love you to show your support for Rays and our campaign by sharing a complimentary orange with your followers. You can download one of the images above, or make one of your own as shown. Just make sure you include hashtag #complimentaryorange and @raysofsunshine. The image will do the rest.

Get in contact with us if you would like to help out more, we have a bunch of opportunity to banish the blue with orange in January.

Retail oranges?

Do you have a store that sells orange coloured citrus? Do we have the sign for you! Encourage your customers to buy Oranges, and support Rays, on Blue Monday by posting this sign:

Rays of Sunshine

There are 49,000 children and young people living in the UK with a serious or life-limiting illness. This figure is increasing every year.

Rays of Sunshine is a UK registered charity that grants wishes to children, aged three to 18 years old, living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. We believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day. Our vision is to make wishes come true and turn them in to happy memories.

We do this by:

  • Granting children’s individual wishes, however impossible the wish may seem
  • Granting hospital ward wishes
  • Organising events and outings for large groups of seriously ill children, such as a trip to Legoland and the Rays of Sunshine Concert

Wishes are as unique as children themselves. They give a child the chance to forget their illness and do something they could only dream of. Wishes make a child feel extra-special and bring them hope and happiness. They also provide families with treasured memories of happy times to look back on.

Whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for a day, go to Disneyland, visit Santa in Lapland, own an iPad or meet their favourite pop star, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.

Find out more:


For media enquiries or to offer your support please email us via the form below or directly on enquiry@complimentaryorange.com.