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The Phoenix Children's Foundation
The Phoenix Children's Foundation provides specialist equipment and/or activities for terminally ill and special needs children.
The charity has previously funded an adapted tandem bike, tandems, a specially adapted riding helmet, sensory equipment, hippotherapy and riding lessons.
It also supports special needs schools, children's hospices and Riding for the Disabled groups.
To apply: download an application form and check grant criteria before applying.
The React Charity helps families caring for a child with a life threatening illness in the UK.
It provides financial support towards basic essential needs:
- Specialist or medical equipment (not supplied from statutory sources)
- Educational equipment (to aid a child's development
- Domestic equipment (household items)
- Hospital expenses (travel, food or related costs)
The charity is also able to assist with funeral and memorial expenses.
Families can also apply for a week's holiday at one of their mobile homes at 6 sites around the UK.
To apply: download an application form.
A professional such as your social worker or doctor will need to endorse the form. Financial information is required on the form but this is very straightforward.
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
The Roald Dahl charity helps children under 21 years with a serious long term health condition.
It operates two programmes:
Marvellous Family Grants
Supports the emotional or psychological well-being of UK families in financial hardship who are caring for a seriously ill child.
They offer grants up to £500 to access a variety of support. This includes:
- Respite care or family days out
- Play, art or music therapy sessions
- Peer group or counselling sessions
- Equipment or expenses so children can join in activities with their friends
- Access to social communications technology
- Expenses to attend a family support event or conference
To apply: applications will only be accepted by a recognised health professional or social worker.
Family Resilience Programme
Support for projects that focus on the emotional needs of the family.
Sailors Children's Society
The Sailors Children's Society provides support to children of seafarers in the UK who have served in the Royal/Merchant Navy or the fishing fleets including ferries, tankers and cruise ships.
It is able to offer a wide range of financial assistance through its Child Support Scheme. This includes:
- Welfare grants
- Clothing grants
- Christmas grants
- Student grants
- Emergency heating grants
- School Holiday vouchers
The charity also offers caravan holidays at one of its 8 caravans at seaside resorts around the UK.
To apply: you must be in receipt of either Housing or Council Tax Benefit.
The Sick Children's Trust
The Sick Children's Trust provides free "Home from Home" accommodation to families with sick children in hospital.
It currently has 10 houses with private rooms where families can stay close to 9 hospitals across England.
Each house has it's own Manager and contact telephone number. Leaflets on each house may be downloaded from the website.
Smile for Life
The Smile for Life Charity helps children under 18 years living in the UK and disadvantaged through poverty, illness, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties.
The charity is able to fund specialist equipment, therapeutic activities, short breaks special activities and events.
To apply: download an application form and post to the Smile for Life Children's Charity with supporting documentation.
TACT (The Actors Children's Trust)
TACT offer financial support, information and advice to actors whose children (up to 21 years) have special needs, learning difficulties or long term health difficulties.
It is also able to help with childcare costs and other expenses for actors who are living with cancer, other illness or facing a family crisis.
The Trust has previously funded school uniforms, music lessons, therapies, school trips and extra tuition.
Applications are accepted from parents who are professional actors or if no longer working acting must have been significant part of your career.
To apply: download an application form from the website.
REACH (for children and young people with upper limb deficiency)
Sullivan's Heroes (fundraising and financial assistance for families funding housing adaptations)
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