Our parent charity, Family Fund, is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, Family Fund provided 89,423 grants or services worth over £36 million to families across the UK.
Family Fund believes that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. They provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.
Our profits help Family Fund develop and deliver new ways in which to support families raising disabled or seriously ill children.
Bradley’s Mum Maria heard about Family Fund from Bradley’s school. Bradley, aged six, has non-verbal autism. He needs a rigid routine and does not tolerate change well. Bradley’s condition has a huge impact on family life and he gets extremely frustrated when he can’t make himself understood.
Getting out and about with Bradley is difficult for the family. He does not like to go out of the house and can sit on the floor and refuse to move when out. During the school holidays Maria often feels restricted to the house. Bradley has no concept of danger and mum has to use reins when she does take him out. Mum gave up work because she could not leave Bradley with others during the school holidays, which put additional financial strain on the family.
Bradley likes to be on his own, he doesn’t usually acknowledge his brother Joshua when he tries to interact with him and often withdraws to his bedroom as he likes to be alone. He has many sensory issues and cannot tolerate loud noises. However there are certain textures he likes and more specifically sensory lights, which have a calming influence on him.
To help create a calmer environment at home, Family Fund awarded a grant for a new bed for Bradley as he had broken his previous bed and also awarded a grant for a playhouse for Bradley with sensory equipment to help keep him calm. This has made for a more peaceful home environment and helped reduce the stress on the whole family.
To find out more about Family Fund, including how to apply, visit the Family Fund website.