Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity supports families facing financial hardship when caring for a seriously ill child, by proving grants of up to £1000. We recently helped Evie-Jean take her first steps through the marvellous programme.
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity has a Marvellous Family Grants Programme which supports families in the UK who have a child with a serious long-term condition, and where the family is living in financial hardship.
Marvellous Grants of up to £1,000 are available for families and they support the well-being of the entire family and benefit the seriously ill child directly. Items the programme support include but are not limited to travel costs, white goods, specialist equipment, family conferences and art, music and play therapy.
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity has helped many seriously ill children including 2-year-old Evie-Jean. She has Noonan Syndrome, a rare disease which means she has physical learning and communication difficulties. Through the Marvellous Family Grants programme, Evie-Jean received funding for therapy and has attended a specialist centre. She can now do many sorting and rolling tasks, turn a wheel when singing wheels on the bus and clap. Having learnt to walk with a walker, she took her first steps with very little support. These may sound like small things, but to Evie-Jean and her mum, they are a massive achievement.
Evie-Jean's Mum says the grant has been a great support. "From learning these new skills, she is a lot more confident and independent. It also helps us parents feel like we are helping her in some way by providing the best possible opportunity for her."
Marvellous Family Grants are funded by supporters such as Persimmon, a housebuilder organisation who run a monthly Community Champion scheme and recently donated £1,000 to the charity. Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London said, "We're delighted we can help in this way. The charity's work offers people a lifeline when it's most needed." If your organisation or community group would like to support our Marvellous Family Grants programme, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, we can only accept applications from health or social care professionals who work for a statutory organisation and know the family's situation. For more information about who may be eligible to apply and receive a grant, please visit our Marvellous Family Grants page.