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Aspire provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.
Aspire Grants offers funding for specialist equipment not available from statutory services such as lightweight wheelchairs, powered chairs, electronic page turners and assistive technology equipment.
Applications for medical equipment will require support from an appropriate health professional.
To apply: download the application form and guidelines from the Aspire website.
The Ben Hardwick Fund
The Ben Hardwick Fund supports children with primary liver disease.
It is able to help with small grant towards the costs associated with the illness such as travel to hospital.
To apply: by letter to Mrs Anne Auber, 12 Nassau Road, London SW13 9QE
Applications are to be made by an appropriate professional.
British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA)
The BKPA is able to
provide financial aid to children and adults with kidney disease who are
struggling on low income.
It can help with domestic bills, domestic appliances, travel
costs to hospital, holidays, further education and training.
The Association is also able to give grants to individuals and
families towards the cost of a holiday. It
also funds children’s activity holidays that are organised by paediatric renal units.
Applications should be made by a social worker or a member of
the kidney care team by downloading an application form.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust provides financial support to children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis.
- Welfare Grants - to help during times of stress or crisis with items that are not funded by any other agency. This might include household items, funding a break or additional costs during hospitalisation.
- Grants for modern nebulisers - If you are still using the old fashioned type nebuliser the Trust may be able to replace it with a modern type.
Applications for these two grants should be made on the Welfare Grants application form. Support will be required from a suitable professional. There is also a separate form for help with Funeral Expenses.
The Trust also offers support through:
The Joseph Levy Memorial Trust - to help young adults over 18 years develop their careers in further and higher education. It may help towards tuition fees, living expenses, examination fees or other costs that help the young person with their career.
To apply: write to Mr Peter Levy OBE, Pegasus House, 37/43 Sackville Street, London W1S 3DL. Alternatively, telephone: 020 7333 8118 to speak to Mrs Elizabeth Neville or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should be made before the 31st March for a decision in mid June.
Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund - provides financial assistance for children and young people up to 25 years for a break. This may be a family holiday or a dream day out. Further details can be found on their website: www.cf-holiday.org.uk
A confidential medical report will be required from the child's consultant.
The Douglas Bader Foundation
The Douglas Bader Foundation exists to support individuals who are without one or more limbs.
The grant scheme provides practical support for individuals to reach their goals - these may be varied - from education, sport, art to a small business.
Applications can be made using the on line form or by contacting the Foundation at email@example.com
The Foundation also run a new venture called Bader Braves to help children who have lost limbs or have a physical disability.
It offers experiences to help them increase their confidence through Aviation Days and Adventure weekends.
The Haemophilia Society
The Haemophilia Society run a range of children's activity weekends for affected children and their siblings.
It has also secured use of a caravan owned by the North Norfolk Caravan Trust for individuals with bleeding disorders.
The caravan is offered for use at a discount - £80 a week and £10 for Linen.
To book contact Daphne on 01328 711122 or Mary on 01328 710901.
A local group in Northern Ireland also have a caravan on the Antrim coast for use by anyone in the UK affected by a bleeding disorder.
Interlink manage a small grants programme on behalf of The Jewish Association for the Physically Handicapped (JAPH).
They provide grants for disability equipment and other essential items for Jewish individuals, living in England with physical disabilities or sensory impairments.
The Meningitis Now provides grants to individuals who have had meningitis and their families.
It can help pay for vital counselling, creative and complementary therapy services.
Meningitis Now can also offer financial support towards the cost of a funeral.
To apply: telephone the Meningitis Helpline on 0808 80 10 388, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muscular Dystrophy UK
The Muscular Dystrophy UK provides grants for both children and adults with muscle disease through the Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT).
It is able to part fund equipment such as manual and electric wheelchairs, trikes, assistive technology, therapy equipment and electric beds.
To apply download an application form or apply on-line.
The Paul Bush Foundation
The Paul Bush Foundation assists children and adults with a physical disabilities.
- Small grants - between £100 and £3,000
- Larger grants - between £3,000 and £5,000
The Foundation will fund specialist equipment that cannot be obtained from statutory sources.
It has previously funded small accommodation projects, specialist technology equipment for home and school and a UK holiday requiring specialist provision and support.
All applications must be supported by a third party such as a health professional, social worker or charity representative.
To apply: Download an application form from the website.
The trustees meet twice a year in April and October to make funding decisions.
REACH, the charity for children with upper limb deficiency provide bursaries for their members who are under 25 years at the time of application.
Previous awards have been given for driving and home adaptations, computer access equipment, musical instruments and equipment to help with sports, education and training.
To apply: download the short application form. Professional endorsement required.
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