We help disabled children pursue the sport that they love
Recent research with our families has revealed an alarming reduction in disabled children’s access to sports clubs and specialist equipment:
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 sport equipment can cost up to 100 times more than its non-disabled equivalent.
Our Sports Equipment Appeal aims to address this imbalance. Your donation towards our Appeal can change a child’s life and allow them to enjoy and excel at their chosen sport.
Specialised, adaptive equipment is a prerequisite for a number of disability sports including basketball, football, rugby, tennis, running and archery. Please help us raise £60,000 to provide 10 disabled children with the specialist equipment they need.
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.