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Able Kidz

Able Kidz is an educational trust that supports disabled children and young people (under 18 years) in the UK with their education and learning.

It provides specialist equipment, computers, software and extra tuition to enable them to achieve independence and self reliance.

Applications should be made in writing with a supporting letter from a medical or education professional to the Grants Officer, Able Kidz Educational Trust, 43 Bedford Street, London WC2E 2HA.


Action for Kids

Action for Kids supports disabled children and young people to develop their mobility, personal and independent living skills

Age range: Up to 26 years

They supply a variety of mobility equipment not available through the NHS.

This includes powered, manual and sports wheelchairs, walkers, trikes, scooters and car seats.

Powered wheelchairs are on "permanent loan" and remain the property of the charity.  This means that Action for Kids is responsible for maintenance and repairs.

Other items supplied are the property of the family or individual.

To apply: Download an application from the website.

Action For Kids also provides a Short Breaks programme during school holidays for young people with learning disabilities aged 14 to 25.  There is a charge for this service.


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BBC Children in Need - Emergency Essentials

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme supports struggling families with children's basic needs.

This includes a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide meals, clothing, baby equipment or other essential items.

It is available to children and young people under 18 years living in the UK. 

Emergency Essentials is managed by the Buttle UK who run it alongside their small grants programme.

Applications must be made through Buttle UK by a statutory agency or charitable organisation. 

To apply: register and complete the on-line form.  Aternatively, e-mail to request an application form.


Boparan Charitable Trust

The Boparan Charitable Trust helps children and young people under 18 years in the UK who are disadvantaged through poverty, disability or terminal illness.

Each application request is judged on its own merits.  They have previously funded wheelchairs, trikes, sensory books, toys and special wishes.

To apply: download an application form from the website. 

Confirmation of the  applicant’s condition or circumstance will be required by a qualified professional.


Buttercup Children's Trust

The Buttercup Children's Trust supports children (under 18 years) and their families in the UK who have a wide range of serious and terminal illnesses such as Leukaemia, Cystic Fibrosis as well as the deaf and the blind.

It is able to offer financial assistance towards hospital travel, respite, medical equipment, holidays and travel expenses.

Families are able to contact the charity direct for further information.

To apply: download an application form from the website.  Supporting evidence from a health professional or social worker is required.


The Buttle Trust

The Buttle Trust helps children and young people across the UK.

It offers the following support

  • The charity distributes funds through the BBC Children in Need's Emergency Essentials programme.  This funds critical household items.  The maximum grant is about £300.
  • Help for families in London who have experienced domestic abuse.
  • Support for young people who have no other support from their families.  It can provide a package of support worth up to £2,000
  • School fees programme to support day fees where the state system is unable to meet the needs of the child.  The final deadline for applications is 31 March 2016.
  • Detailed guidelines may be found on the website.


Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children provides funding for children under 19 years who have a disability or chronic illness.

The organisation has seven core services:

  • Family Support - practical and emotional support in their home and in hospital. Short break activities for respite.
  • Equipment Services - mobility equipment including wheelchairs and therapeutic bikes. Sensory equipment for Autistic children to promote communication, cognition and well being.
  • Treatment Services - providing access to treatments not available in the UK including Proton therapy and Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery.  It also offers a STEP Programme providing therapy for children with brain injuries including Conductive Education.
  • ACT Programme - providing a programme of therapies, education, dietary and nutritional intervention for children with Autism.
  • ENABLE Sport - providing specialist sports equipment to enable children to participate in sport at all levels.
  • Destination Dreams - Fully supported group holiday to Florida for terminally ill children and their families (whole family is funded.

To apply: complete one of the on-line application forms. 



Cerebra supports children under 16 years with a brain injury or neurological disorder such as Downs Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy. 

Their main grant scheme funds 80% of the cost of a range of equipment or resources that will improve the quality of the child's life. 

They have previously funded specially adapted trikes, wheelchairs, buggies, sensory toys and certain therapies in the UK.  To apply: download the grant form from the website

Cerebra also have a wheelchair accessible holiday home in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. To apply:  download the holiday form from the website.  Your child must be 16 or under at the time of the holiday and receive DLA. 

They accept applications from January until the end of July for holidays the following year.

Funds are also available for their Wills and Trusts Voucher Scheme that provides £350 towards making a will and discretionary trust for your disabled child when you are no longer around. 

To apply: your child must be aged 16 years or under and receive either middle or higher rate Disability Living Allowance.  Applications have closed until January 2016.


Charlie Cookson Foundation

The Charlie Cookson Foundation was created by Charlie's parents after he passed away to support other families with a seriously ill child with a life limiting condition.

It is able to offer financial support to one family a month over a three month period to help them cope with the extra cost of having a sick child under 16 years. This may include help with the mortgage, utility bills, petrol and food.

To apply: download an application form from the website.

Financial information and a supporting letter from an appropriate professional will be required.


Child Brain Injury Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust offers support to children with Acquired Brain Injury and their families.

The Trust has two grant programmes:

  • Give a Child a Chance Grant is a small grants programme (£100 max per child) to enable the child with Acquired Brain Injury and their siblings to be involved in social activities.  
  • The Mary Radnoti-Dwyer Education Assessment Grant of up to £350 to help towards the cost of SEN assessments for professional reports

To apply: download an application form from the website.


Children Today

Children Today helps disabled children and young people up to the age of 25.

They provide grants for specialist equipment and aids such as communication aids, educational toys, trikes, lifting equipment and electric wheelchairs

Applications must be made direct by the applicant, their parents or guardian by calling 01244-335622 to discuss their application.


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Children's Heart Federation

The Children's Heart Federation provides information and practical support to children and young people with congenital and acquired heart conditions and their families.

Professionals such as cardiac nurses, social workers or advice workers are able to apply for grants towards specialist equipment and unexpected family costs such as travel expenses to hospital.

To apply: the sponsoring professional must use the online application form. There is guidance on the eligibility criteria that must be consulted before application.

The Federation also organises family trips and respite.


The Children's Hope Foundation

The Hope Foundation 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 medical equipment, computers, holidays and days out.

To apply: download the on-line application form. Financial details are required.

The charity also has a caravan holiday home in East Sussex for children (and their families) between the ages of 3-17 who ‘have special needs’.

The caravan is not adapted but does have a ramp for disabled access.

It will accept direct applications as well as applications from appropriate professionals.

To apply: download the online holiday application form.



Chips, the charity of the casino and gaming industry provides specialised powered wheelchairs for children and young people who may have a short life span.

It will only fund powered wheelchairs not provided by the NHS.

Applications can be made using the preliminary online application form. Each application is considered on its own merits and depends on available funds at the time of the application.


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