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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 an education professional to the Grants Officer, Able Kidz Educational Trust,Kemp House 152-160 City Road London EC1V 2NX


AFK (Action for Kids)

AFK (formally Action for Kids) supports disabled children and young people up to 26 years to develop their mobility, personal and independent living skills.

It supplies 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 AFK is responsible for maintenance and repairs. Other items supplied are the property of the family or individual.

To apply: download an application form from the website.


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 Family Fund.

Applications must be made through Family Fund by a statutory agency or charitable organisation. 

To apply: register and complete the on-line form.  Alternatively 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.  The Trust has 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 Trust advertises individual appeals on their website to attract funding.


Buttle UK

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

It offers the following:

  • Help for families in London who have experienced domestic abuse.
  • Support for young people who have no other support from their families.
  • Contribution towards boarding school fees where the child cannot remain the family home (England only).
  • Support for kinship carers who have taken on full time support for a relative (often to avoid them from being places in State care) to allow them to continue caring for them.

Detailed guidelines may be found on the website.


Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.

The organisation has seven core services:

  • Family Support - practical and emotional support in their home and in hospital during difficult times. Short break activities for fun and leisure.
  • Equipment Services - It helps with the purchase of mobility equipment and sensory equipment. Including wheelchairs, mobility buggies, therapy tricycles and specialised car seats
  • Treatment Services - providing access to treatments not available in the UK including Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery and specialist cancer treating not available in the UK.  
  • Therapy - provides access to Conductive Education through it's STEP programme.
  • ENABLE Sport - providing specialist sports equipment to enable talented children to participate in competitive sport.
  • Destination Dreams - Fully supported group holiday to Florida for terminally ill children and their families (whole family is funded.

Caudwell Children also has a new £18 million autism centre in Staffordshire - The Caudwell International Children's Centre (CICC) moving date: 24th September 2018.  It includes assessment suites, a sensory garden, family training suites and training kitchen to encourage a healthy diet.

To apply: complete one of the online application forms.


Charlie Cookson Foundation

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

The Foundation selects one family per month and offers financial support to that family 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.

It provides 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.

A reference from someone who works with your child in a professional capacity (occupational therapist, teacher, social worker, doctor, etc) will be required.


Find out more about Children Today from the video below:

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.

It providea 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 online application form (the ‘Downloads’ link in the Footer of any page on the Children’s Hope Foundation website). 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 with varying disabilities.

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.


Crackerjacks Children's Trust

Crackerjacks provides grants to disabled children and young people throughout the UK.

It is able to offer grants between £250 and £1,000 towards specialised equipment.  This might include a specialised wheelchair, bikes and trikes and sensory toys.

The charity also has a respite home near Bream sands in Somerset - "Ray's Sunshine Holiday Home".  It has ramped access and a pull out bed in the living area for a child in a wheelchair.  A supporting letter is required from the child's doctor, social worker or special school.

To apply: download an application form from the website.


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