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 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 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 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 😊