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North West England

North West - General

Destination Florida

Every 2 years Destination Florida takes 75 children with life threatening, life limiting, terminal illness and other challenging conditions for a one week holiday to the Sunshine State.

To qualify you must live in the North West of England and have not visited Disneyland, Florida in the past either with family or another charity.

Accompanying the children will be a full medical team of nurses, carers, a physiotherapist and a doctor. The trip will include visits to the best theme parks in Florida.

To nominate a child download an application form.

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Telephone: 01617897788


Heswall Disabled Children's Holiday Fund

The Heswall Disabled Children's Holiday Fund runs a free one week camp every August for disabled boys aged 9 to 15 years with physical disabilities from North West England.

The camp gives the children a fun holiday and the parents/carers must needed respite. It is held at The Barnstondale Centre in the Wirral and is wheelchair accessible.

The Fund also provides financial help to families of children with disabilities and other disabled groups.

To join the annual camp email:

Hopscotch Care Foundation

The Hopscotch Care Foundation supports young people under 21 years who are in residential care make the transition to independent living in Cumbria and Lancashire.

They are able to help by providing grants to individuals, support in finding work experience and training.

Further details can be found from Mr. Richard Witt, telephone: 015242 72628, email:

Peter Kershaw Trust

The Peter Kershaw Trust provides grants to charitable organisations and educational estabishments in the Greater Manchester and North Cheshire area.

The Ordinary Grant Scheme assists with projects concerned with "Social Welfare". This includes medical conditions, disabilites, addictions, the aged and youth work.

It also awards grants for medical research, school bursaries and The Peter Kershaw Memorial Bursary to fund the costs of a youth leader for three years.

Details of application deadlines and trust meetings can be found on the website.

United Utilities Trust

The United Utilities Trust provides help to individuals who receive their water and sewerage services from United Utilities Water.

It supports people who are struggling with hardship and debt by providing an opportunity for a fresh start. This may include budgeting advice and help in sorting out debt.

The trust does not pay grants to individuals but it will help with one off grants to pay creditors directly to give them a chance to take control of their expenses.

To apply: Contact the trust fund direct on on 0845 1791791 or contact your local Citizens Advice.


Disability Positive

Disability Positive is a user-led organisation that provides support services for the disabled.

It is able to provide a range of services:

Advocacy - support for individuals and their carers to secure their rights and represent their interests.

Payroll Services - for disabled people directing their own services.

Community Engagement - support for young people to access community social activities of their choice.

Supported Banking - to operate a bank account for individuals who direct their own care and have difficulty in opening or managing a bank account.

Breaks Service - payments for children and young people to take part in short breaks.  Also for parent/carers/siblings to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

Learning Service - for personal assistants (PA's) and for employers of PA's.

Care Support Service - offers technical advice and support for individuals receiving a personal budget.

It is free to join Disability Positive and to have access to their services.


Cash for Kids - CFM Radio

Cash for Kids for CFM Radio helps disabled and disadvantaged children in Cumbria and South West Scotland (the CFM transmission area).

Funding is available to support young people under 18 years with a disability, special needs or an underprivileged background.

Organisations and individuals are able to apply.  

Grants have previously paid for specialist equipment, Christmas presents, sports wheelchairs, iPads and specialist projects.

Funding allocations take place twice a year.

To apply: download an application form from the website.


Miles of Smiles

Miles of Smiles grants wishes to children aged 5 to 17 years who are struggling with any issues. This could include young carers.

Individual treats or "Smiles" are varied. Anything from a new hair style to being a mascot for a local football team!

It is open to children living in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble, Blackburn with Darwen, the Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Accrington, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. Anyone can nominate a child including family, friends and professionals.

To obtain an application form write to Miles of Smiles, P O Box 349, Leyland, PR25 9DR,Lancashire, telephone 07801 446099, e-mail or use the on-line Contact Form.

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Stepping Stones Grant Fund

The Stepping Stones Grant Fund support families in need with preschool children who live in the Ashton on Ribble area.

It is able to help with the purchase of specialist equipment, recreational activities and with the provision of services such as childcare.

The maximum grant is £200.  Applications must be submitted by a referral agency.

The fund is administered by Community Futures.


Gaddum Centre

The Gaddum Centre in Manchester administers a number of Trust funds.

Each fund has it's own specific criteria:

Manchester District Nursing Institution Fund

This fund provides grants for the relief of individuals on low income, sick, convalescent or disabled.

It is able to fund items or services which may help their situation or aid recovery.

The fund area covers the city of Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

Dr Garrett Memorial Trust

The Dr Garrett Memorial Trust provides holiday grants for children and their carers.

They must be resident of the city of Manchester and be in need of a holiday because illness, disability or poverty.

The applicant must not have had a funded holiday in the last 3 years.

Grants may also be made to fund group holidays.

Applications must be received by the end of April each year.

Manchester Relief in Need Fund and Manchester Children’s Relief in Need Fund

Both of these charities provide funding for the "Relief of Need" which gives the trustees a wide choice in the type of relief they can provide.

Applications are considered by the trustees during the last week of every month and must be submitted by the 15th of every month.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust

The Lord Mayor's Trust is able to help families with low cost one week holiday in the UK.

The families must not have had a funded holiday together in the past 3 years.

Applicants must be on low income and live in the city of Manchester.

Applications must be submitted by the end of April each year.

Mynshull’s Educational Foundation

Educational grants are made to students up to the age of 25 to cover the cost of equipment, textbooks and one off travelling expenses.

The areas covered by this fund are the City of Manchester and the adjoining districts. 

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the centre. Applications must be made by a recognised professional.


MhIST, the Mental Health Independent Support Team offers support services for individuals with mental health issues and their carers.

All it's services and groups are free to use.

It offers services like counselling, mindfulness meditation, dramatherapy, craft and social groups to help people to cope with anxiety and emotional distress.

It also provides an advocacy services to help people secure their rights and to represent their interests.

MhiST is based in Bolton town centre:

Hanover House, Hanover Street, Bolton BL1 4TG

Reuben's Retreat

Reuben's Retreat based in Greater Manchester supports children with a life limiting and/or life threatening illness and conditions by offering families:

  • Breaks in the UK
  • Day Trips in the UK
  • Support Groups
  • Activity & Therapy Days
  • Well-being & Counselling

They also support parents and siblings who have sadly lost a child.

To apply for support, a break or day trip please email: or call 01457 680023. 


Community Action Wirral

Community Action Wirral supports organisations in the Wirral.

Small grants under £1,000 are available from the Stephen Beard Foundation Wirral Grants Fund towards mental health needs for community groups and projects.

Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust

The Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust supports charities benefiting women, girls, young people and families, who are economically deprived or/and socially excluded.

It mainly provides funding for charities and charitable projects in the Merseyside area

Though, it may also fund National charities and projects in sub-saharan Africa, the Indian sub continent, Afghanistan and Palestine.

Grants are in the region of £1,000 to £3,000 for national and international grants and up to £5,000 for merseyside grants.


The Elizabeth L Rathbone Charitable Trust

The Trust supports projects and organisations which benefit disadvantaged people living in Merseyside.

Grants may be up to £3,000.  Applicants must be a registered charity or affiliated to an umbrella organisation that can receive funds on their behalf.

To apply: complete the online application form.

John Moores Foundation

The John Moores Foundation focuses on funding local community organisations in Merseyside (including Skelmersdale, Halton and Ellesmere Port) and Northern Ireland.

Priority is given to small, grass-roots and volunteer-driven organisations.

It is able to fund running costs, capacity building, volunteer training, one off projects and equipment if part of a wider projects.  It has previously funded BSL training and welfare rights advice and support.

To apply: contact the charity by telephone, email or letter to confirm eligibility.

Telephone: 0151 707 6077 (Merseyside) or 028 2888 6161 (Northern Ireland).

Wirral Fund for Children with Special Needs

The Wirral Fund supports children with special needs who live in the Wirral Health Authority area.

It is able to provide funding towards play equipment, essential medical equipment and occupational therapy.

The fund is also able to help with home improvements, short breaks, travel and training costs.

For further information contact: Mrs Barbara Brooker, 16 Dee Park Road, Wirral  CH60 3RQ
Telephone: 01513 424213

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