We help disabled children fulfil their potential
In the wake of the pandemic we’ve been working with parents and carers to highlight long-term issues that too often prevent disabled children from accessing the services, equipment, therapies and treatment they need.
Our research shows that things are getting worse:
At Caudwell Children we have 21 years of first-hand experience supporting disabled children and their families as they attempt to access the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need.
As a result, we believe all children deserve an opportunity to participate in sport for their physical health and mental wellbeing.
However, access to sports facilities is not equal. Specialist equipment for things like sporting activities can cost up to 100 times more than its non-disabled equivalent.
Our Equipment Appeal is aiming to raise £60,000 to help address this imbalance – and your donation can change a child’s life.
Cost of specialist sports equipment
£3,100 - £5,500
£4,100 - £11,200
£3,800 - £5,000
£4,100 - £5,000
£3,100 - £10,100
Thanks to funding support from The Edward Gostling Foundation, every donation you make towards specialist sports equipment will be match-funded. This means any donation, no matter how small, will have double the impact on a child’s life.
To help Darya pursue her dream of becoming a wheelchair basketball Paralympian, Caudwell Children provided her with a bespoke sports wheelchair in 2020. Darya, an 18-year-old from North London with a bilateral knee condition, has been playing wheelchair basketball since the age of 10 and has more recently become the captain of her team – The Hackney Sparrows Wheelchair Basketball Club. However, she felt that she was at a disadvantage to other players by having to borrow club wheelchairs.
Caudwell Children, alongside the support of The Edward Gosling Foundation and the generous donations of many individuals, successfully raised funds needed for a bespoke sports wheelchair. Now Darya can follow her dream of becoming a medal-winning Paralympian for Team GB.
In 2019, Caudwell Children provided Edward with a life changing sports wheelchair that is helping him to fulfil his sporting dreams. Edward, a 17-year-old boy from Great Yarmouth with Spinal muscular atrophy type 2, became a wheelchair user at the age of nine. Since being introduced to wheelchair football by his mother, Edward has gone onto become the regular goalkeeper for Norwich City Powerchair football Club. Providing Edward with his very own, state-of-the-art, powered sports wheelchair, has allowed him to compete at the national league and win the Muscular Dystrophy UK Championship.