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21 Charities and Trusts that offer grants, specialised equipment, therapies and support to families with disabled children in the UK

Securing the financial resources to ensure their children's needs can be a struggle for any parent. However, this is a more significant challenge for families with disabled children. Medical services, specialised toys and equipment, and the need for hiring special services, such as therapies, childminders, and carers are some examples of the extra charges that disabled children's families endure. In Addition, it is not uncommon that either a parent will give up their job entirely or will reduce their hours so that they can adequately take care of their child.

Thankfully, many charities and trusts in the UK are aware of this struggle and offer some help to disabled children and their families, whether it be with grants for equipment and therapies, respite care, training, outdoor trips, or emotional support. We have put together a list of 21 wonderful organisations that work everyday to improve disabled children and their families' lives. We summarized each charity's offerings and eligibility criteria so that you can select the ones that better suit your specific needs. Make sure to visit their website for more details about the different application processes.

1. Family Fund

Grants for a wide range of items, such as, washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing, and computers and others.

Who can apply?

Families who live in the UK and are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. Read the full criteria here.
Family Fund Website

2. Caudwell Children

Grants, equipment, therapy programmes, treatment, and family support.

Who can apply?

Children and young people under 18 with a disability or serious illness who live in the UK. Parents/guardians' wages or salary (not including benefits) must be under £45,000 gross per annum.
Caudwell Children Website

3. Able Kidz

Aids disabled children with their learning by funding equipment, computers and software to the children or school. It also assists in funding extra tuition needs of a child.

Who can apply?

Disabled children that require specialised equipment to help them learn. It requires a letter supporting the application from a teacher or educational professional.
Able Kidz Website

4. Action for Kids (AFK)

Helps disabled children and young people to live independent and fulfilling lives providing specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS.

Who can apply?

They accept applications from or on behalf of anyone up to the age of 25 who cannot get the mobility equipment they need on the NHS.
Action for Kids Website

5. Boparan Charitable Trust

They provide funding for items and therapies, such as powered and manual wheelchairs, specialists trikes and pushchairs; sensory toys; specialist baths and car seats; hoists; food and clothing vouchers; furniture bed; and therapies like occupational, behavioural, food, or speech and language therapy.

Who can apply?

Children with disabilities, life-limiting illnesses and those who are in extreme poverty across the UK.
Boparan Charitable Trust Website

6. Buttercup Children's Trust

Supports seriously ill children and their families to overcome the pressures of dealing with disabilities and life hindering illnesses providing vital medical equipment and sensory equipment in addition to travel costs and respite to name a few.

Who can apply?

The trustees will consider all grant applications that they believe will improve the quality of life of a child.
Buttercup Children's Trust Website

7. Child Brain Injury Trust

Provide information, support, and training to anyone affected by childhood acquired brain injury. It also provides several grants including funding towards a professional report for assessments or appeals to the local authority.

Who can apply?

Anyone affected by childhood acquired brain injury. This includes the child or young person themselves, their family and the professionals that support them.
Child Brain Injury Trust Website

8. Children today

Provides grants for vital, specialised equipment to families with children and young people with disabilities to promote independence and the best possible quality of life.

Who can apply?

Children and young people with disabilities in need for vital and specialised equipment that has been recommended by a professional medical reference.
Children today Website

9. The Children's Hope Foundation

Aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families, raising funds to provide equipment, facilities and/or support where it is needed most.

Who can apply?

Children and young people disadvantaged by terminal illness, disability, or poverty throughout the UK.
The Children's Hope Foundation Website

10. CHIPS

Provides specialised powered wheelchairs for youngsters with varying disabilities.

Who can apply?

Children who need a power wheelchair to get around on their own, that it is not provided by the NHS and their families cannot afford.
CHIPS Website

11. Cracker Jacks

Provides respite care breaks (they have a respite home in Somerset) and specialist equipment such as eye-gaze systems, wet rooms, walking crutches, walking frames, adapted buggies, specialised wheelchairs, bath lifting seat, adapted toys and swings, support spinal boards, gait trainers, specialised bicycles/tricycles, sensory toys and standing aids.

Who can apply?

Families with disabled children that need respite care our support acquiring specialist equipment.
Cracker Jacks Website

12. Cheyne Charity

Provides essential equipment and support services for children and young people with cerebral palsy, for example, seats, standing frames, tricycles, powered mobility, computers, medical treatments, and respite breaks.

Who can apply?

Children and young people, families and institutions affected by Cerebral Palsy.
Cheyne Charity Website

13. The Elifar Foundation

They fund the purchase of a wide range of highly specialised equipment, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision.

Who can apply?

Available to profoundly disabled children and young adults both at home or in residential care to fund facilities and equipment.
Elifar Foundation Website

14. Lifeline 4 Kids

Provides essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and special needs, such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and items including specialised computers and sensory toys. They can also give emergency and welfare appeals immediate approval within the authorised limits of our welfare sub- committee.

Who can apply?

Children with disability and special needs. No appeal is too large or too small for them to consider.
Lifeline 4 Kids Website

15. New Life

Provides funding for essential community equipment, such as beds, buggies, wheelchairs, seating systems, and more. They also offer the free loan of specialist toys and equipment for disabled and terminally ill children.

Who can apply?

Disabled or terminally ill children who require specialist equipment.
New Life Website

16. Nihal Armstrongt Trust

Provides children with cerebral palsy with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide.

Who can apply?

Children with cerebral palsy up to 18 years old. It is reserved to families who are receiving government benefits and who cannot afford it. Claims should be backed up by a professional. Learn more here.
Nihal Armstrongt Trust Website

17. Pheonix Charity

Enhances the quality of life for children and their families living with illness, disability, or lack of opportunity by:

Who can apply?

Children and their families living with illness, disability, or lack of opportunity.
Pheonix Charity Website

18. Smile for life

Working in the North East of England, they provide equipment, experiences, short breaks, or even work placements for students in their Café Beam in Newcastle. They empower young people to achieve their potential to live a full and happy life.

Who can apply?

Children with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Smile for life Website

19. Sunny Days Fund

They make small grants to enable them to help as many children and their families as possible, whether it be for day trips, medical equipment, respite, hospital travel, or sadly making children's remaining time as comfortable as possible, to include where achievable, children's last wishes

Who can apply?

Children under the age of 18 years with a wide range of adverse medical conditions including Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, the Deaf and Blind, Terminal Illnesses, and all other life hindering conditions.
Family Fund Website

20. Variety, The children's charity

Provides part-and-fully funded wheelchairs and specialist equipment. Their offer ranges from diabetes monitors to specialist car seats and powered wheelchairs to sensory equipment

Who can apply?

Children and young people aged 18 and under who have a recognised disability or long-term health condition.
Variety Website

21. Whizz Kidz

They offer manual wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs, trikes, and buggies to give young people with a physical disability independence. They also run clubs, camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements to help develop confidence and autonomy.

Who can apply?

Young people under 18 with a physical disability, whose required equipment is not available through NHS or local council.
Whizz Kidz Website

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