On this page you can find details of the background to the Charity, how we provide funding for the purchase of mobility/sensory/vision equipment for children and young people with physical disabilities, and how we operate with no administration costs so that every penny donated is used to help them. Please just scroll down the page to read about what we do, and our three Guiding Principles.
The Background to the Charity:
The Charity was founded on the 19th November 2003, specifically to help children and young people, up to the age of 25 years, with physical disabilities living in Stourbridge and the surrounding areas. Currently, we limit our area of operation to within a 50 mile radius of Stourbridge, due to the level of applications we receive.
The Charity is registered with the Charity Commission, registration no. 1101230, and the stated aims are to provide the relief of Physically Handicapped Children, by the provision of financial assistance, at the discretion of the Trustees.
We provide financial help in funding the purchase of mobility equipment when there are no other sources of funding available. Since inception, the Charity has received a wide range of requests for assistance, and examples of some of the types of equipment for which grants have been made to date are:
- Special exercise equipment, tricycles, walkers, and standing frames, to assist in regaining and maintaining mobility.
- Wheelchairs, special mobility chairs, support seating, special car seats, special beds, and lifting equipment, to improve the quality of life.
- Vision equipment, sensory facilities, special safety sleep systems, and equipment for special schools which may be for a specific individual, or for use by a group of young people.
The Charity aims to provide a rapid response to any request for help, which is both in accordance with the Grant Criteria (as detailed on the Grant Applications page), and which has been approved by the Trustees. Further details of the type of work we do can be found in our Progress Reports, the most recent of which are available for download on our Reports (Current) page.
We are also proud to state that thanks to the help we receive, both from Trustees and supporters, we are able to operate with no administration costs. Funding is raised from a number of sources, including personal donations and organized activities, and because we operate with no costs, every penny donated is used for the purpose the donors intended.
Our Guiding Principles:
- We aim to operate with zero cost so that every penny raised is used to help the children and young people, any incidental expenses are met by the Trustees.
- We aim for a fast response so that those needing help can gain relief as soon as possible. We have seen too many cases where children have been made to wait, and we try to respond within 24/48 hours, subject only to availability of funds. Provided we have the reserves, we always try to respond as quickly as possible.
- We aim to provide help so that every child/young person has a chance to reach their own maximum potential, and are not held back by lack of equipment.
With the final principle in mind, we have decided to adopt Keira (A German Shepherd) as our mascot, and her photo is at the top of the page. She is around 2 years old, and came to one of our Trustees as a rescue dog. Her start in life was uncertain, but her new owner is aiming to give her every chance in the future, and we thought that to be very appropriate for our mascot.