Posted on Leave a comment

All-Terrain Buggies for Disabled Children

Freedom for Kids offer a range of special needs pushchairs that provides parents and carers of disabled children the opportunity to enjoy life with a new perspective of adventure. Perfect for everyday walks, country parks, woodland/mountain trails, day trips to the beach and theme parks….our rugged single and double buggies do it all while providing a comfortable ride for your children – we don’t believe in limits, don’t let your equipment keep you from your adventures and time together as a family!

Ideal for children with mild to moderate needs, whether it be a physical disability, behavioural condition, neurodevelopmental or brain disorder like Autism (ASD/ADHD) or a life-limiting condition that makes it difficult to walk and get outdoors. Our all-terrain buggies allow children to access places where a smaller pushchair or wheelchair just can’t go like nature trails, country parks and woodlands, even the beach! These all-access pushchairs can really help you to get out with your child and change your life, helping them to pursue a more active and inclusive lifestyle, improving the quality of life for the whole family.

No boring models here….all-terrain styling provides a non-medical appearance which is aesthetically pleasing for children and parents alike. Reclining seats provide increased comfort and support for those passengers that need to take a nap or have medical conditions that may require them to be in a reclined position e.g. Epilepsy. Some buggies come with optional postural supports so for those children that lack upper body strength and trunk control, this allows them to be fully engaged with their surroundings.

For children with autism and sensory processing disorders, some of our pushchairs have large canopies that create a “cocoon” effect with the covered sides and overhead protection – this is ideal for those children who can become overwhelmed with the sensory input or for those children who are sun or light sensitive. We can also add additional sun protection to some of our pushchairs, although in the all-terrain category this is limited as these pushchairs are designed for you to be out and about exploring.

So, let’s explore some options………

The Mountain Buggy Duet offers robust engineering and superior functionality in a compact all-terrain pushchair for two younger children. The ideal choice for parents who have a disabled child with medical needs and a sibling, or two disabled children, possibly twins. This all-terrain double buggy is not only a great off-roader but just as happy nipping around town. So, you’re no longer limited getting out and about with your children as you can take your duo and their equipment with you! This pushchair is also available as a single seat and a side bag, handy for keeping medical equipment or shopping.

The Mountain Buggy Duet is the smallest side by side twin pushchair on the market at a compact 65cm wide.  Practical and versatile for newborn twins, baby and toddler or two toddlers up to age 4 years old.

We provide this option for our younger/smaller children and their siblings. Although not specifically designed for children with special needs, this double buggy may be suitable for some parents whose children have either outgrown their standard pushchairs or those requiring a buggy with a parent-facing option, perhaps where their child has medical conditions which need close parental supervision and support.

For younger children, a good single option is the Joggster Trail v2 which is a three-wheeled buggy with an option to add an innovative 2nd seat so you can ‘shuttle’ two children from A to B in style. A sturdy, sporty looking pushchair which is suitable for younger children with special needs and with the rear Shuttle Seat added it becomes a tandem buggy fit for two!

For most standard buggies the increased weight of the child is a limiting factor but not so for the superior build quality of the Joggster Trail Buggy as it has a roomy front seat with an extra large weight capacity of 34kg (5 Stone/approx 5-6 years old) – if you’re adding the optional 2nd Shuttle Seat to make a Joggster Trail Double Buggy, this has a 15kg weight limit (approx 3-4 years old). Passenger Height on main seat approx: 112cm

This is an all-terrain double buggy with a fixed or swivel front wheel. This updated model offers something new and exciting for families with children who have physical, mobility or behavioural disabilities, as well as their siblings, helping them pursue a more active lifestyle and getting out and about as a family.

The Joggster Sport v2 is a brand new 3-wheeled all-terrain buggy for sport-loving parents! We’ve added this to our range for younger children with special needs as we feel it offers something new for parents and has a roomy seat and a fantastic weight capacity for children who have outgrown a standard sized pushchair. Max weight capacity is 34kg and Max passenger height approx: 110cm

This pushchair has features that make it perfect for the more active parents amongst you. If you like jogging and want to take your child with you, then this sporty version of the Joggster could be for you. The buggy has been approved for speeds up to 15km(9 miles)/hr. The large 16-inch Schwalbe air-filled tyres have the best running performance and you won’t feel much roll resistance. The new model comes with a frame partly made of carbon which not only adds stability, but it saves weight also. With the optional rotating front wheel, the speedster is even more manoeuverable and comfortable ideal for shopping! The new rims make this Joggster look even more sporty and agile… there’s no doubting, this is a super-cool looking buggy!

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 10-12 years old (max weight limit is 50kg and max Passenger height (with canopy) 135cm).

From a practical point of view, the washable upholstery is reversible, so that the canvas side can be used in the summer and the fleece side in the winter. It combines all these features you would expect from a buggy with positioning for your child, including a 5 point harness. The seated position is a little more laid back and the elevated footrest provides the passenger with a comfortable position, it suits those children who may like to ‘escape’ too as it is more difficult to get out of!

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. There is also the option to add a 2nd side seat for a younger sibling to make a double buggy.

The Axiom Endeavour special needs pushchair provides older disabled children, their families and caregivers the opportunity to enjoy life with a new perspective of adventure. Suitable from age 5 to 16 years old, this large all-terrain pushchair is perfect for everyday walks, country parks, woodland and off road mountain trails, day trips to the beach or theme parks….the Axiom Endeavour does it all while providing a comfortable ride for your child. We don’t believe in limits, don’t let your mobility difficulties keep you from fulfilling your adventures and spending time together as a family!

The Axiom Endeavour all-terrain special needs buggy for disabled children will take you where no other paediatric mobility pushchair can follow! Designed for use both indoor or outdoors, the stylish jogging stroller easily glides over smoother surfaces and handles rougher terrain like grass, gravel and even sand with ease!  The Axiom Endeavour combines the off-road ability of a multi-terrain stroller, the lean agility of an urban jogger, and the comfort, support and positioning needs for both children and adults with mild to moderate physical disabilities. Max weight capacity is 75kg (12 Stone)

Ready to tackle any terrain, Axiom Endeavour Special Needs Pushchair comes standard with hand and foot brakes, large multi-position sun canopy with peek-a-boo window, a height-adjustable handle, large storage basket, and built in removable storage pouches and two water bottle holders. The quick-fold lever allows you to fold your buggy in one simple step and folding up in seconds. It comes with the traditional fixed front wheel as standard but if you’re going to use a lot indoors then you may want to add the optional swivel wheels.

Reconditioned Models

Our range of reconditioned single and double pushchairs have all been checked and cleaned and offer excellent value for money. One of these is the Advance Mobility Independence Pushchair designed for use by older children who may have a physical disability and cannot walk or challenging behaviour and needs to be kept safe. Suitable from 5 to around 13 years, with a maximum weight capacity of 45kg (7 Stone), this all-terrain pushchair is ideal for getting outside to the countryside, beaches, woodlands and, of course, around town too. The larger frame, wheels and higher seat base making it ideal for larger and/or taller children who have outgrown a standard pushchair.

The larger, strong yet lightweight frame, taller ‘hammock style’ padded seat, which can be reclined, adjustable 5-point harness and longer seat to footplate distance all accommodate a larger child or your adult with mild to moderate needs in comfort. For children who need postural support, you may wish to look at other models we have where this can be incorporated.

The Independence is designed for the active, outdoor or sport-loving family and is a great off-roader, allowing you to access the places a wheelchair isn’t suitable. Anywhere, any time, whether it be to a country park, woodlands or beaches, or why not try your hand at doing a charity fun run or marathon. The Advance Mobility Independence by Baby Jogger has a fixed front wheel for extra stability across rougher terrain, although it can be used around town too.

These re-conditioned pushchairs have been pre-loved by another family with a disabled child and are in good condition. They will come with a rain cover and sometimes additional accessories which will be stated for each package. There is no warranty on these pushchairs. We only have limited stock and they always go quickly, so if you are interested please call us today on our Helpline: 01670 458624 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Posted on Leave a comment

Disabled Children’s Charities (A-Z)

Special Needs Equipment Charity Funding (Alphabetical A to Z)

Before you seek charitable funding or purchase equipment for your child/ children, we recommend that you speak to us for some initial advice – our Helpline is open Mon, Tues & Thurs 9.30am-4pm Tel: 01670 458624 and we can talk you through what is available and what may suit your needs best.

Freedom for Kids supports families caring for children with special needs by providing specialist equipment for disabled children, particularly single and double buggies, that help children lead a more active family life. Our support is for ALL families – you may one child, twins or two different age siblings or you may even have a larger family of 3 children or more. Children may have a specific disability that limits their mobility such as Hypermobility, Cerebral Palsy or a life-threatening condition such as a heart defect or Epilespsy. Perhaps they have challenging behaviour and you need a pushchair for safety reasons e.g. ASD (Autism), Down’s Syndrome. We have supplied buggies and equipment for children with Brain Injuries, Downs Syndrome, Leukemia, Heart conditions, Limb deficiency, Aspergers’ Syndrome, Genetic Chromosome Disorders, rare conditions such as Addison’s Disease, Gilbert’s Syndrome and FOP, along with many other conditions that affect their ability to get and about safely with their family.

Whatever the reason or disability, we are here to help and support you with information and advice on what specialist mobility equipment is available and what would be suitable for your needs. We also supply special schools with single and double buggies, helping more children to get out and about.

Many families are finding that equipment and/or adaptations for their children cannot be funded by statutory services (e.g. NHS Wheelchair Services) and are therefore seeking alternative funding means, in particular charitable funding. To assist you in these situations, we have listed a range of local and National charities, many who have provided funding support to parents.

You may need to talk to your medical advisor / health professional to help you plan for both immediate and long term needs and to check whether the equipment you need can be provided by the statutory services (if this hasn’t already been investigated). Most charity applications require the support of a qualified health or medical professional and we can provide you with a quotation to submit with your application. We are also happy to talk directly with your health professional or family support organisation should this be required.

my AFK (formerly Action for kids) www.my-afk.org

my AFK is a national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities and their parents and carers. They help disabled children, young people, their parents and carers in three main ways: by providing mobility aids, work related learning and by offering family support services.

The Boparan Charitable Trust (www.theboparancharitabletrust.com)

The Boparan Charitable Trust aims to help children and young people up to the age of 18, throughout the UK, who are disadvantaged either through poverty, disability or life-limiting conditions. What they supply: Grants towards mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, trikes, and buggies, sensory toys and equipment, speech and language therapist, holidays

Caudwell Charitable Trust (www.caudwellchildren.com)

Caudwell Children is a National Charity that exists to transform the lives of disabled children and their families across the UK. Applicants must live in the UK, be 18 or under and fit the Charity’s financial criteria. They can provide the following equipment: powered wheelchairs, buggies, car seats, therapy tricycles and sensory equipment. In addition they can provide funding for specific therapies for children affected by CP/acquired brain injury and Autism. For further information please contact 0845 300 1348.

The Child Foundation (www.thechildfoundation.co.uk)

The Child Foundation helps children across the UK up to the age of 18 with disabilities and/or special or specific care needs and/or terminal illnesses and their families by providing grants and equipment not normally provided by the statutory authorities. What they supply: Grants towards mobility equipment, communication equipment, specialist seating and hoists, and holidaysC

Comedians’ Golfing Society (London & Kent)

The Comedians Golfing Society has been active for over 40 years and has raised hundreds of thousands to support individuals. This support can range from supplying adapted tricycles, specialist car seats, mood lighting for sensory rooms and powered wheelchairs. Children and Young Adults, within 50 miles of London with any Disability .

Children Today Charitable Trust (www.childrentoday.org.uk/)

Children Today raises funds to provide special equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Their aim is to ensure that every disabled child and young person fulfils their potential and leads an active childhood. Funds donated by their supporters enables them to provide grants to purchase special equipment such as: electric wheelchairs, walking aids, trikes, educational toys (specially designed for children with disabilities), communication aids, adapted car seats, lifting and sleep equipment.

Elifar (www.elifarfoundation.org.uk)

Elifar aims to help improve the quality of life mainly of profoundly disabled children and young adults, whether living at home or in residential care, but they might also consider applications from children and adults of all ages with any form of physical or learning disability. They fund the purchase of a wide range of specialised equipment, therapies and respite, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision.

Engage Foundation (www.engagemutual.com/foundation/)
The Engage Foundation aims to give funding to community projects nominated by their customers, as well as giving financial aid to customers in need in the form of Personal Grants. The Personal Grants can include applications from parents needing help to pay for equipment for disabled children.

Family Action (www.family-action.org.uk)
Family Action has small grants available for medical treatment, services, facilities or equipment (including communication aids) for those who are sick or physically disabled. Supporting evidence is required from a relevant professional. There is also a general grants program which can meet needs such as clothing, fuel bills and household needs such as beds, cookers and washing machines. In addition to providing general grants, Family Action also provide grants for educational needs, particularly for the additional costs associated with education such as travel, books and equipment. Assistance is primarily targeted at families and individuals on low incomes, particularly those living on benefits. Funds are not available for items covered by statutory funding.

Family Fund (www.familyfund.org.uk)

The Family Fund helps low-income families caring for a severely disabled child up to age 17 in Scotland and Northern Ireland and up to age 18 in England and Wales. They give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, hospital visiting costs, computers and holidays. Family Fund cannot assist where there is a responsibility on a statutory agency to help with the requested item.

Handicapped Children’s Action Group (www.hcag.org.uk)


Handicapped children’s action group is a registered charity, working to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs. The children, from all areas of the UK are unable to obtain this equipment from the NHS and because of the cost it is usually unaffordable by the families.

The Hope Foundation for Children (www.childrenshopefoundation.org.uk)
Aims to improve the lives of children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty. They provide funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child such as mobility and medical equipment, holidays etc

Independence at Home (www.independeathome.org.uk)
Independence at Home provide grants for people with a disability or long-term illness towards the cost of adaptations, equipment or other things to help you to manage at home. The grant must go towards an item to assist a child to live at home. Independence at home cannot provide grants when the item may be provided through public funds. Applications must be supported by a professional involved in the child’s care, usually an occupational therapist or a social worker.

Joseph Patrick Trust (www.muscular-dystrophy.org)
The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) is the welfare trust of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The trust provides financial support towards specialist equipment to help promote mobility and independence for people with muscular dystrophy, or a related muscle disease. For example, powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds. The grants cover pieces of equipment that the health and social services do not provide, but which are still vital for maintaining independence and quality of life.

Just4Children – http://www.just4children.org

Just4Children provides support for families to help their sick and disabled children. They are passionate about the relief of sickness and preservation of health of children in the UK and Ireland by providing and assisting in the provision of grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies, living environments, equipment and holidays which would not otherwise be available to them. Just4Children Tel: 01892 710155

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children(www.newlifecharity.co.uk)

Newlife provides grants for equipment for disabled children. The equipment applied for must be essential and disability relevant. The equipment can vary from a wheelchair or a bed through to a communication aid and therapy equipment shed, they have also funded equipment such as replacement clothing and braille machines. Newlife do not fund adaptations and fixtures to homes. All applications need to be supported by professionals who can specify the particular type of equipment needed in the interest of the children’s welfare, safety and benefit. The grants are open to benefit all seriously disabled and terminally ill children that are permanently resident in the UK and who are 18 years or under. Newlife don’t means test, but due to limited funds they do take a view of the whole circumstances of the family.

Lifeline 4 Kids (www.lifeline4kids.org)

Lifeline 4 kids provides essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children (0-18 years) with disabilities and special needs. For the individual child they provide the full spectrum of specialised equipment such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and varying items including specialised computers. They are also one of the only UK charities prepared to help a special needs child from a low-income family with essential smaller items such as shoes, clothing, bedding and specialist toys.

The Nihill Armstrong Trust (www.nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk)

The Nihill Armstrong Trust is a small charity that provides children (up to and including 18 years of age) with cerebral palsy with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide. The grants are for equipment items under 2000 and the application must be supported by the child’s doctor, school, social worker, health visitor, speech, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

React (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness)(www.reactcharity.org)
React is a charity working to improve the quality of life for financially disadvantaged children with life-limiting illnesses living in the UK. They supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths, and mobility aids, to essential everyday items like washing machines and tumble dryers.

Strongbones Childrens Charitable Trust (www.strongbones.org.uk)
Strongbones have funds available to donate towards arthritis, scoliosis, brittle bone disease and all other conditions of the bone. To be eligible the child must be under 18 years of age, and suffer from one of these ailments. They provide grants for medical equipment, computers/software, toys, sensory equipment, short breaks away, days out and proven household bills. Grants are normally 250 per child, but this figure is open to discussion depending on the child’s circumstances.

Trefoil (www.trefoil.org.uk/)

Trefoil helps young people across the UK under the age of 25 years with special needs which may be psycho/social or of a physical nature or both which may adversely affect their development and/or independence. What they supply: Grants towards mobility equipment such as powered and manual wheelchairs and trikes, projects, and events

Variety Club, The Children’s Charity (www.varietyclub.org.uk)
The Variety Club works to help improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 19 years across the UK, providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual children. Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need.

Wipe Away Those Tears (www.wipeawaythosetears.org)

Wipe Away Those Tears is an Essex-based local charity which aims to bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children. They do not accept applications for Autism. They have provided double buggies for families with special needs children and a range of specialist equipment to Essex families. They hold an annual charity ball and the founder and mum of four, Gail O’Shea, has raised over 1.2 million for her charity and was named Tesco’s Mum of the Year in 2015.

Whizz-Kidz (www.whizz-kidz.org.uk)
Whizz-Kidz provides essential mobility equipment – primarily electric powered wheelchairs and recreational equipment such as trikes – that are customised to meet individual children’s needs. The service ensures children get the right mobility equipment, advice and training at the right time. The wheelchair training programme includes improving the use of your wheelchair, new wheelchair skills and road safety awareness.

Find out more about our range of Special Needs Equipment and visit our Resource Centre for information and advice on children with special needs. If you have any questions or would like help with applying for charity funding, please call our Helpline on 0670 458624, we’re here to help 😊