Answers to some of your frequently asked questions about Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
What does the charity do?
We provide specialist nurses and family support for seriously ill children in the UK. We focus on children living with serious, rare and undiagnosed conditions - the underdogs who don't always get the help they need elsewhere. You can find out all about our Roald Dahl nurses here and visit our Family Grants section for more information.
What's is got to do with Roald Dahl?
Roald Dahl's most loved children's stories follow the tales of plucky children like Matilda and Charlie Bucket battling their circumstances with bravery and a bit of mischief. From Miss Honey to Willy Wonka, there is always a friendly grown up to stand up for the child when no one else will. The children we help are battling serious illness, and often associated family and financial difficulties, but our Roald Dahl nurses are there to champion and support them to live the best life possible, no matter how serious their illness or how short their life may be.
The charity was founded in 1991 by Roald Dahl's widow Felicity, and continues to honour Roald Dahl in its commitment to supporting children across the UK. Find out more about our Marvellous history here.
Does Roald Dahl's family support the charity?
Yes. The Roald Dahl Literary Estate believes in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to its charity partners, including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Roald Dahl Literary Estate Charitable Vision
*All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions.
How are you funded?
We do not receive any government funding. In addition to the contribution of the Dahl famiy, we also generate funds through a variety of fundraising activities, including our Dahlicious Dress Up Day annual schools fundraising event, Corporate Partnerships with a variety of companies, and a huge amount of support from community groups and individuals baking cakes, running marathons and making small regular donations. We are also proud to be a partner of Readathon, the sponsored reading scheme in schools, which supports Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity in addition to a small group of other children's charities.
Are you the Roald Dahl Foundation?
When the charity was founded in 1991 it was called the Roald Dahl Foundation. In 2010 the charity was renamed to become Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.