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Charity Funding for Specialist Pushchairs

How can I apply for funding for a special needs pushchair?

Every day I get asked Can you help me? I don’t know what to do as my disabled child (children) needs a buggy and the NHS can’t help / won’t fund it / have offered me something that doesn’t meet our needs…I have two children and need a double buggy….I can’t afford a pushchair….HELP, I don’t know where to turn!

Whatever disability your child or children have, I’m sure we can help you find a suitable pushchair for them. We have helped families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Behavioural conditions, Genetic disorders, Chromosome abnormalities, Heart defects, Hypermobility, Brain Injury, Epilepsy and many other life-limiting or terminal conditions. Whether you’re a parent of a disabled child, a foster carer or have adopted disabled children, please get in touch and we will endeavour to do our very best for you and your family.

Whether it’s a single stroller or double special needs buggy you need or perhaps you have one or two disabled children and/or siblings, you may even have a baby on the way and an older disabled child who’s got way too big, tall or heavy and now outgrown their standard buggy. You may even have a young child with a condition and need to carry medical equipment. Whatever your needs are, we are a friendly team who want to help and we do this by talking to you about your specific requirements for your disabled child / children AND your needs as a family unit.

Don’t worry – we will guide you through what paediatric and mobility equipment is available for your children whether it’s a basic stroller, a 4-wheeled pushchair, a 3-wheeler all-terrain buggy or a tilt-in-space pushchair and if you need a single or double buggy, we can advise on options for a second child. We understand that often parents don’t want a medical-looking pushchair and we have buggies that won’t shout ‘I’m a disabled child’. We will do our best to find you the most appropriate pushchair for your disabled child and one that will allow you to get out and about with ALL your family.

Sometimes we have to be creative and this is where our experience comes in handy, we know what’s out there on the market, AND what’s not! We have been able to help thousands of parents over the last 15 years and whilst there has never been a wide choice for pushchairs for disabled children, there are some really good buggies for children from 2 years upwards and we even have super large pushchairs for teenagers and young adults. If you have two or three children to transport then this is where our knowledge and experience is invaluable as we have been able to accommodate most circumstances and provide a practical pushchair option to families who have been struggling to get and about with their children.

You can find all our pushchairs suitable for disabled children under our ‘Shop’ categories. Here you will find single pushchairs and double buggies and should you need extra seats for a second or third child, then we have other options that we can talk you through. Our most popular options are the Joggster Trail, which now has a new 2nd seat called the Shuttle, making it into a great option for a disabled child and a toddler in toe on the back! The Special Tomato Jogger is a great option for the older, taller child (can also have a side seat). The Special Tomato EIO can be turned into a double buggy for two children or for one disabled child and their younger sibling by adding a Buggypod side seat (or a rear Perle seat). For larger children, teenagers and adults we have the Axiom Endeavour, which is a super-big all-terrain pushchair and if you have two disabled children to transport, there is the ultimate customised double pushchair – the Axiom Endeavour Double Buggy is two single pushchair that lock together to make a double and then release to go back to 2 singles…how nifty is that!

We can help you access financial support through our work with charities

We will also help by taking you through the process by which you can apply for charity funding for your children’s mobility equipment and we have a list of some of the organisations that could possibly help you fund pushchairs or other equipment for your disabled child. We work with many charities and NHS Wheelchair Services (direct supply or via NHS Voucher) s our list is not exhaustive and there are many other charities as well as local or regional organisations that may help you, please let us know as we like to add new charities to our list so we can help many more families.

And help can come in many forms e.g. St Austell’s Brewery in Cornwall, Champney’s Hotels and even Radio Stations have funded special needs buggies – so don’t just think about those charities you may have heard of…ask around, look in the local paper, communicate with others on general special needs or condition-related forums, use social media (there are lots of support groups on Facebook) and Google to seek out anyone who may be able to help you. We find that local organisations are very willing to fund equipment to help local people and they are generally quicker to make a decision!! We are fortunate to have worked with many fantastic local, regional and National charities and are grateful for all buggies they have funded which has helped to improve the lives of thousands of families.

We also provide advice and equipment to some of the UK’s largest charities like Newlife Charity for Disabled Children, Whizz–Kidz and Caudwell Children as well many NHS Wheelchair Services, Primary Care Trusts, Family Support Workers, Occupational Health Therapists and many other people who may be involved with assessing and/or advising parents and carers of disabled children. Outside the home, we have also provided Special Schools with single and double buggies for children with a wide range of disabilities and different ages, allowing them to take more children out and take part in activities which they may not have been able to before.

If you are waiting for a referral to NHS Wheelchair Services or have been turned down for a pushchair, then please get in touch as we can often help you apply for funding and supply a pushchair. We have found many parents spend a long time waiting to see wheelchair services only to find that they are not eligible for a pushchair or that the NHS are unable to supply an appropriate buggy, particularly when you have two children. We can help you as we have a range of options for two children, and have even managed to help families with 3 or more children too.

If you have children under 3 years old, you may not even get referred as they don’t generally see children before this age. However, your child may have special needs, or have a medical condition that requires them to be in a different type of pushchair, perhaps a parent facing pushchair so you can monitor them closely, or perhaps you need to carry medical equipment alongside your child. It may even be that your child may be very big for their age and have outgrown their buggy and need something more robust. Either way, when the NHS cannot help, we probably can, so please give us a call on our helpline. We’re here to help you get the support you need.

When applying for funding you will need to provide evidence of your child/children’s disability, information on your family circumstances and in some cases, family finances. For evidence supporting your application, ask for a report/letter from health professionals like your child’s Occupational Therapist (OT), Physiotherapist, Health Visitor or even their GP. You can also ask a Social Worker, Family Support Worker or SENCO for a supporting reference. Your OT / Wheelchair Service may be able to advise you on the most appropriate condition-specific charity. We have lists of charities in our Rersource Centre, the majority may be able to provide funding even if you do not have a specific condition. If you would like more help and advice on either who can support your application or which charity to apply to then please call our HELPLINE on 01670 458624 and we will be happy to help.

Our Helpline Number is 01670 458624 or Email us at: info@freedomforkids.co.uk

You can find specialist mobility equipment including buggies, postural supports, seating aids and pushchair accessories under the shop on our website

We hope this gives you some help and guidance in your search, however PLEASE CALL US on our HELPLINE 01670 458624 for more advice and support – we have had over 15 years experience in the special needs community and we are here to help you and your family.

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Children’s Charities by Condition

Brain Injury Charities
THE CHILDRENS TRUST

The Childrens Trust is celebrating 30 years as the UKs leading charity for children with brain injury

Website: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk

Phone: 01737 365000

Address: Tadworth Court, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5RU


CEREBRA

Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers.

Website: http://www.cerebra.org.uk/

Freephone: 0800 32 81 159 Phone: 01267 244210 Fax: 01267 244201

Address: Second Floor Offices, The Lyric Building, Kings Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BD


SHINE

Registered charity, which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus and other related issues.

Website: http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/

Phone: 01733 555 988

Address: 42 Park Road. Peterborough. Cambs. PE1 2UG


CHILD BRAIN INJURY TRUST

The Child Brain Injury Trust is the charity that supports children, young people, their families and professionals and helps them come to terms with what has happened and how to deal with the uncertainty that the future may hold.

Website: http://childbraininjurytrust.org.uk/

Phone: 01869 341075

Address: Unit 1, The Great Barn, Baynards Green Farm, Nr. Bicester, Oxon. OX27 7SG

Bone Related Conditions


BONES CHILDRENS CHARITABLE TRUST

S.C.C.T. is a national registered charity set up to help alleviate the pain, suffering and financial burden of families who have children suffering from brittle bone disease, bone cancer, scoliosis, arthritis, and all other conditions of the bone.

Website: http://www.strongbones.org.uk/

Phone: 01708 750 599

Address: B4a Romford Seedbed Centre, Davidson Way, Romford, Essex, RM7 0AZ

Muscular Atrophy/Dystrophy Charities


THE JENNIFER TRUST FOR SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY

The Jennifer Trust is a national UK charity. We provide a range of information and support to families and health professionals as well as promoting and supporting research. We employ a small staff and rely on a huge network of volunteers to assist us with our support and fundraising. We are governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees.

Website: http://www.jtsma.org.uk/

Phone: 01789 267 520

Email: Jennifer@jtsma.org.uk

Address: Elta House, Birmingham Road, Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire, CV37 0AQ


JOSEPH PATRICK TRUST (FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY)

Joseph Patrick Trust is the leading UK charity dedicated to beating muscle-wasting conditions by finding treatments and cures and to improving the lives of everyone affected by them.

Website: http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org/

Phone: 020 7803 4800

Email: info@muscular-dystrphy.org

Address: 61 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HL

Spinal Cord Injury Charities


SHINE

Registered charity, which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus and other related issues.

Website: http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/

Phone: 01733 555 988

Address: 42 Park Road. Peterborough. Cambs. PE1 2UG

Down Syndrome Charities


HELPING PEOPLE WITH DOWNS SYNDROME

Providing information and support on ALL aspects of living with Downs syndrome to ALL who need it.

Website: http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/

Phone: 01889 578800

Address: 22, Lea Hall Enterprise Park. Armitage Road, Rougleey, Staffs WS15 1LH

Location Based Charities


COMEDIANS GOLFING SOCIETY (LONDON & KENT AREA)

We at the CGS are proud of our Charitable Aims, over the 30 odd years that we have been running we have literally raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes.

As a rule we do not normally give money to other charities but prefer to support individual cases.

Website: http://www.comediansgolfingsociety.co.uk/charity.php

Phone: 01376 501 401

Address: 24 Cross Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2NA


THE TINY TIM TRUST (DERBYSHIRE)

The Trust is a registered charity which provides equipment and resources for children with special needs in Derbyshire.

Website: http://tinytimtrust.org.uk/

Address: 27 Stephenson Place, Chesterfield, S40 1XL


DARREN HUCKERBY TRUST (NORFOLK ONLY)

With the establishment of the Darren Huckerby Trust, he now hopes to make some tangible contributions to the lives of local people who are in real need, with the Trust providing support for local charities, community projects and individuals across the county of Norfolk.

Website: http://www.darrenhuckerbytrust.co.uk/

Email: enquiries@darrenhuckerbytrust.co.uk


WHEELS FOR MARTINS FRIENDS (SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRES AREAS)

For over 25 Years Wheels for Martins Friends has been helping people of all ages with their disabilities. If you require help and have been unable to obtain funds from the NHS or do not have the funds yourself to buy the equipment required, then pleasecontact us. We will do everything to help if we can.

Website: http://www.wheelsformartinsfriends.org.uk/

Phone: 01763 852125

Email: info@wheelsformartinsfriends.org.uk

Address: 19, Thompsons Meadow, Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts. SG8 0UA


PIDLEY MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM (HUNTINGDON, CAMBRIDGESHIRE AREAS ONLY)

We aim to improve the quality of life and independence of disabled and disadvantaged people within Huntingdonshire allowing them the same opportunities and freedom as everyone else.

Website: http://www.pidleymountainrescue.org.uk

Charities in Scotland


PAYBACK FOUNDATION

Ceridian wanted to find a way to pay back into the local community and in 1997 created its own registered charity, the PayBack Foundation. Since its creation over 400,000 has been granted and hundreds of children provided with much needed support.

Website: http://www.ceridian.co.uk/payback

Phone: 0141 891 6622

Address: 2 Nasmyth Place, Centura Court, Hillington Business Park, Glasgow, G52 4PS

General National Charities


CHILDREN TODAY

Children Today was founded in 1994 to help disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need.

Website: http://www.childrentoday.org.uk

Phone: 01244 335622

Email: info@childrentoday.org.uk

Address: The Moorings, Rowton Bridge, Christleton, Chester, CH3 7AE


REACT

Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with Potentially Terminal illness is a dynamic charity working to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK. Our work is unrivalled by any other organisation and our passion and belief that every child should have comfort, dignity, and the opportunity to participate in life as fully as possible is our driving force.

Website: www.reactcharity.org/

Phone: 020 8940 2575 Fax: 020 8940 2050

Address: St Lukes House, 270 Sandycombe Road, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3NP


THE CAUDWELL CHARITABLE TRUST

Caudwell Children provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. We also run our Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and our Destination Dreams holiday for children fighting life threatening conditions.

Website: http://www.caudwellchildren.com

Phone: 01782 600600 Fax: 01782 600609

Address: Minton Hollins, Shelton Old Road, Stoke-on Trent, ST4 7RY


CHILDREN TODAY CHARITABLE TRUST

Children Today is a charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment and services for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK.

Website: http://www.childrentoday.org.uk

Phone: 01244 335622 Fax: 01244 335473

E-mail: info@childrentoday.or.uk

Address: The Moorings, Rowton Bridge, Christleton, Cheshire, CH3 7AE


HANDICAPPED CHILDREN’S ACTION GROUP

This organisation provides specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs. An organisation aimed at parents who require financial assistance for children’s special needs equipment.

Phone: 020 8594 4100

Address: 4 Farr Avenue, Barking, Essex, IG11 0NZ


MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION UK

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK is a charity with a single purpose we grant magical wishes to children and young people aged 3-17 fighting life-threatening conditions.

Website: www.make-a-wish.org.uk

Phone: 0127640 50 60

Email: info@make-a-wish.org.uk

Address: 329-331, London Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3HQ


WHIZZ-KIDZ

There are an estimated 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK waiting for a wheelchair that fits their young lives. Thats where we come in. Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods. And at Whizz-Kidz, the wheelchair is just the start we also run youth groups, wheelchair skills training, work experience placements and residential camps.

Website: http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/

Phone: 020 7233 6600

Email: info@whizz-kidz.org.uk

The Lily Foundation

The Lily Foundation are proud to be able to work together with families to co-fund items of specialist equipment that will enrich the lives of children with Mitochondrial Disease. The Lily Foundation will contribute up to 50% of the cost of the item once the family has raised the other 50% through fundraising activities. The maximum the Lily Foundation will contribute is 2500. We will help you to set up the relevant fundraising pages on Just Giving or Virgin Giving and publish your story on our website and social media. Once your fundraising goal is achieved we can then order the item for you.

Please email claire@thelilyfoundation.org.uk for more information or an application form

Website: http://www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk/family-support/

Charity Phone Number: 0300 400 1234 (Local Rate)

Charity Mobile: 07947 257247

Email: liz@thelilyfoundation.org.uk

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Our Guide to Special Needs Pushchairs

Many families with one or two children who have a disability that affects their mobility require a special needs pushchair. We have a selection of single and double buggies for children with special needs, physical disability or walking problems , behavioural conditions that require restraint such as Autism or ADHD and many other disabilities. All are suitable for families looking for the freedom to get out and about with their children.

The Maclaren Major Elite Pushchair is a single stroller designed for older children with special needs and is suitable from around 2 years old to approx 10 years old and is registered with the MHRA as a Class I Medical Device for disabled children. For younger children, there are postural inserts which will fit into this buggy – see Special Tomato Liners and Sitters under Special Needs Seating & Postural Support.

The Major Elite special needs pushchair has been developed to meet the demand for an everyday buggy for a child, who as a result of a disability, has a need for a portable, parent-wheeled transport. The buggy can be supplied as a basic model or as a package, with the addition of a full pack of coordinating accessories including sun canopy, raincover, padded seat liner, footmuff, lateral supports, chest pad and shopping basket. The ‘umbrella fold’ buggy may be folded down into a compact, easy to transport size and will fit most boots. Great for travel, shopping or short outings.

The Twin Major Pushchair is a custom-built, double pushchair designed for older children who have difficulty walking and is registered. A strong. lightweight and compact double buggy which has been tested to 50kg in each seat, although when using the Specialist Flexi-Connectors, which easily ‘joins’ the two single pushchairs together, we recommend a max weight of 35kg per seat. Suitable for children from around 2 years old up to the age of approx 10 years. Suitable for families with twins or with one older child has special needs but they also need to transport a younger sibling. Mainsteam and special schools as well as other carers and organisations have also found this twin stroller useful where they need to accommodate a range of ages and disabilities.

The Joggster Trail is a sturdy, sporty looking single or double pushchair which is suitable for an older child with special needs and with an additional ‘Shuttle Seat‘ it becomes a tandem buggy for two! For most standard buggies the increased weight of the child is a limiting factor (most standard buggies max weight limit is 15kg) but not so for the superior build quality of the Joggster Trail Buggy as it has a large seat with a maximum seat capacity of 34kg (approx 5-6 years old) and the additional ‘Shuttle Seat’ has 15kg weight capacity (approx 3-4 years old). Please note: you should always measure/weigh your child/children to ensure this is a suitable option for them.

We think this buggy offers parents and children something new and exciting as its trendy looks, ergonomic design and luxuriously padded ‘Airgo’ breathable seat(s) make this all terrain pushchair stand out in the crowd…in the right way! Cool colours, sporty styling and the puncture-proof wheels (12″ rear/10″ front) all combine to make this buggy aesthetically appealing and not ‘medical’ looking. The Joggster Trail Buggy is ideal for children with physical disabilities, or who require restraint, to help them pursue an active lifestyle.

Traditional wheelchairs are far too expensive for rough and muddy roads. but these pushchairs provide a comfortable and smooth ride and people love them as they don’t look ‘medical’ but are friendly and inviting for all ages. The Joggster will bring smiles to everyone by providing the opportunity to go for long walks. hiking or even to the beach.

The Special Tomato Jogger offers an ideal special needs buggy for the family who like to be out and about. The stylish jogger provides the comfort and positioning needed for you and your child to enjoy the outdoors. A lightweight, all terrain pushchair designed for children requiring minimal to moderate positioning, suitable from early years to the older child up to approximately age 12 years old.

And for kids who need a little more positioning, the Size 1 and 2 Soft-Touch Liners and Soft-Touch Sitters can be inserted into the Special Tomato Jogger and an optional head support attached. The Soft-Touch Liner easily attaches to offer contoured body support for additional positioning and the pushchair still folds with it in place. Adding Soft-Touch Sitters will provide more trunk support for your child. Both sold separately.

Special Tomato Jogger shown with Soft Touch Liner (Seat Cushion)

The Special Tomato Jogger is a lightweight, all terrain pushchair designed for children with mild to moderate needs from early years to around 8-10 years AND with the nifty addition of a Buggypod side seat, it’s a ‘double’ buggy that makes life easier for parents of two on the go!

The Special Tomato EIO Pushchair is the best of both worlds…a special needs buggy that provides mild to moderate positioning support AND a lightweight stroller that provides all the bells and whistles that make it easier for parents and carers on the go!

The Special Tomato eio special needs buggy is an innovative mobility solution which combines a classic pushchair design with the support and functionality required by children with mild to moderate postural needs. Suitable for children from infancy up to 41kg (approx 12 yrs old), this is a buggy that’s versatile to grow with your child.

Size 1 and 2 Soft-Touch Liners and Soft-Touch Sitters can be inserted into the Special Tomato EIO. The Soft-Touch Liner easily attaches to offer contoured body support for additional positioning and the pushchair still folds with it in place. Adding Soft-Touch Sitters will provide more trunk support for your child. Both sold separately.

We’ve teamed this with the Buggypod IO, an innovative clip-on pushchair side seat and single pushchair in one! Simply attach to the side of the pushchair, transforming it into a ‘double’ buggy when needed, and folding up neatly when not. Amazing!

Special Tomato EIO Pushchair with Buggypod Lite add-on side seat

Our range of double buggies for children with special needs include larger single pushchairs, tandem and twin models for children of all ages, particularly those who may be older, taller or heavier who have outgrown their pushchair and need a larger, more robust buggy. Customised models are available too like the Axiom Endeavour Double Buggy which is for older children and can be made as a twin pushchair that splits into two singles too! We also offer funding advice on mobility equipment for disabled children, postural aids and specialist seating for children from newborns to young adults.

Axiom Endeavour Custom Double Buggy

When looking to purchase a special needs stroller for your child, it is important to do some preliminary research, as well as an evaluation of your child’s needs. Please make sure that you know the child’s height, weight and width at shoulders and hips and the key measurements are given above for guidance. If you require any assistance or advice, please call our helpline.

You can visit our Special Needs Department to see full details on our range of special needs pushchairs, car seats and accessories. If you are seeking funding, please call us as we may be able to help you by providing advice and details of charitable organisations that help parents who require financial assistance.

Helpline: 01670 458624

Email: info@freedomforkids.co.uk