Sir George Young met local families with severely disabled children who are helped by the Family Fund, a UK-wide charity that gives grants to low income families caring for a severely disabled child or young person.
“Disabled children and their families face huge challenges to get the things they need to lead ordinary lives. It was good to hear from families in Andover how the Family Fund provides a lifeline to make their lives easier.”
Carol Hamilton, grandmother to Dominic aged 16 who has ADHD, autism, visual impairment and Tourettes said “Without the Family Fund we wouldn’t have survived childhood.”
Amanda Biggs applied to the Fund on behalf of her son Cameron who is fourteen and has cerebral palsy and autism. She said “The Family Fund need a medal to be honest. They helped me with driving lessons which has made my life easier in getting Cameron around.”
Kathleen Brooks and her daughter Katie aged 12 who has learning difficulties, have just returned from a holiday at a Haven park in Yarmouth thanks to the Family Fund. “This holiday was based around our whole family’s needs not just Katie’s and gave her 7 year old sibling the chance to have some fun too.”
Derek Walpole Chief Executive of the Family Fund said “The families really appreciated Sir George’s interest in the help they had been given and the opportunity to talk about some of the challenges they face. It was heartening to hear how valuable our visits had been in giving families vital information like how to apply for Carers Allowance.”
In North West Hampshire last year, the Family Fund provided 35 disabled children’s families with things they needed such as washing machines, bedding, clothing and a rare family holiday. Across the UK, it supported some 56,000 families with nearly £33 million in grants. The Fund gives families 91p in every pound it receives.
Notes to editors
1. Across the UK, the Family Fund charity gives grants to 56,000 low-income families with severely disabled children a year for the things they need to make their lives easier and more enjoyable, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers, clothing and bedding and much-needed family holidays. It is funded by the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and passes on directly to families 91p in every pound of funding. Further information can be found at www.familyfund.org.uk
2. There are 770,000 disabled children in the UK. It costs three times as much to bring up a disabled child and disabled children's families are more likely to live in poverty.