Charities supporting Kids

Charities Supporting Children


Cash for Kids NI

Mission is to raise funds to the thousands of disadvantaged kids across Northern Ireland who are counting on our support. Cash for Kids NI help Children from 0-17years old with a focus on alleviating disability, improving quality of life and encouraging personal development.

Applying for a Grant

Energy for Children

The Energy for Children Charitable Trust is continuing to break new ground and reach deeper into the heart of local communities throughout Greater Belfast and beyond in order to really make a difference to disadvantaged children’s lives.

The Trust focuses on those needy causes that are slipping through the net of the more established Charity network, and is founded on the principle that ‘all monies raised go directly to local children and young people’. Behind the scenes Phoenix provides all administrative support. Although the Trust was founded initially by the natural gas industry, it is now supported by a variety of different sectors and organisations locally as it continues to grow.

Efforts to raise money are ongoing and the Trust would like to appeal for help from anyone who feels they are in a position to do something positive to help assist its progress in terms of offering support to disadvantaged children. To date the Energy for Children Charitable Trust has helped over 3000 local disadvantaged children and every month continues to help more and more.

If you know of an individual or group who could benefit from funding please contact Charity Liaison

Officer Denise Cranston at



Make-A-Wish® Ireland

Make-A-Wish® Ireland has one simple aim - they grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. Since arriving in Ireland in 1992, Make-A- Wish has granted wishes for over 1,300 brave children.

If you would like to refer a child to Make-A-Wish, please contact us on or TEL: 00353 1 2052007




Variety club Ireland

Formed in 1954, Variety Ireland has made a real difference to children's lives throughout Ireland. There are never enough resources to answer every appeal, but thanks to your generous donations, Variety Ireland has been able to spend the last 50 years helping where help is needed and continue to offer support, fundraise and give grants for equipment.

How to apply


Share a Dream – Ireland

Each year Share A Dream Foundation helps hundreds of families throughout Ireland to escape from their everyday lives and just have fun. We hold Concerts, Trips to Disneyland, the National Children of Courage Awards and Dream Ball, Family Holidays and help make many individual dreams come true for terminally ill children.


Lifeline for Kids

Lifeline for kids is a UK national children's charity established in 1961. Originally known as The Handicapped Children's Aid Committee, our working name has now changed to Lifeline 4 Kids. Lifeline for Kids; help children throughout the UK and occasionally they also assist children internationally. The members work on an entirely voluntary basis and we have no paid staff or fundraisers. Many millions of pounds have been used to buy equipment for hospitals and homes, purpose built wheelchairs and specialty aids. A respite holiday might be organised and funded, a hoist installed to facilitate getting a heavy child into a bath, an adjustable lifting and turning bed provided to give a teenager independence. Any project to improve the quality of life for children born with, or who have acquired a handicap or disability, can be undertaken.

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Tree of Hope - UK

Tree of Hope endeavours to provide assistance to families of sick and disabled children trying to raise money for specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment. As a small charity, funds are limited, but they do everything we can to help you achieve your fundraising goals.

The process starts with a telephone or email application from the parent/carer/guardian of the child in need of assistance. TEL: 01892 535525 or email

They then assess your case on a case by case basis and wiithin 48 hours get back to you and hopefully provide the hands-on help and support that is needed.

Newlife Foundation - UK

Disabled children have been at the heart of the charity since 1991. Since that time they have become specialists for special children; their needs and the needs of their families and carers, their health and their voices are all central to the work of the charity. Thankfully more babies and children survive conditions, accidents, infections and cancers and as they saw more children living through these experiences and therefore widened their remit to include all children with significant disabilities.

Newlife Foundation provides nurse care and equipment. New life’s nurses are the gateway to information, grants and care. They man a national Helpline which supports and informs families, whether they have just been told of their child's disability or need help accessing local services. The Newlife Nurse Helpline is free, confidential and trusted.


Muscular Dystrophy Campaign – UK

Muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions are regarded as rare and, in many cases, even ultra-rare conditions. There are currently no efficient treatments or cures available for most of these conditions. Research, however, advances fast and a number of clinical trials to test the clinical benefit of promising technology are under way.

Over more than 50 years, the charity has contributed to crucial scientific breakthroughs in the field of muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions such as: laying the foundations for

the promising technology of 'exon skipping' which is currently being tested in clinical trials for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and funding work that has led to a scientific breakthrough in finding a treatment for mitochondrial myopathy, which is now close to clinical trial.

Their work has five main focuses:

1.      fund world-class research to find effective treatments and cures

2.      provide practical information, advice and emotional support  for individuals with muscular dystrophy and other related conditions, their carer’s and families

3.      campaign to bring about change and raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and other related conditions

4.      award grants towards the cost of specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs

5.      Providing specialist education and development for health professionals.

How they can help

Make a Wish Foundation – UK

Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. Since being established in the UK in 1986, we have granted over 8,100 wishes

Whizz - Kidz - UK

Whizz Kids re a UK youth mobility charity supporting disabled young people to enjoy independent and active childhoods – at home, at school and at play. We also run skills training clubs and work placements to ready young people for adulthood. Whizz kids support disabled children and young people to live active and fun childhoods - supporting kids to just be kids!

Whizz kids deliver mobility equipment, wheelchair skills training; drama, sport and music clubs, and work placements. Whizz-Kidz is fun, vibrant, and young people are at the heart of what we do and how we do it. We're all about young disabled people living independent and full lives.


Family Fund - UK

The UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.


Cerebra - UK

Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers. Cerebra offer grants for a wide range of items, from tricycles, wheelchairs and trampolines to specialised car seats, buggies and sensory toys.

Grants Info

David & Victoria Beckham Fund – UK

About the Fund

This Trust supports initiatives for Children who are sick or disabled or have special needs. Applications for funding must be made in writing to:

The Trustees

The Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust c/o 180 The Strand



BBC Children in Need - UK Charities

BBC Children in Need - Emergency Essentials

BBC Children in Need have launched an Emergency Essentials programme to help struggling families with children's basic needs.

This might include a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide meals, clothing, baby equipment or other essential items. It is available to children and young people under 18 years living in the UK. Estranged, orphaned and vulnerable young people under 21 years who are living independently

will also be considered. Emergency Essentials is managed by the  Buttle UK who run it alongside their small grants programme.

Applications must be made by a statutory agency or charitable organisation who is able to assess the needs of the child or young person. To apply: register and complete the on-line form or e-mail to request an application form.

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired - UK

The Trust provides grants to children with a hearing impairment and organisations supporting deaf children. It will provide funding towards projects such as equipment for the hearing impaired, specialist tutition, professional advice and support for appeals.

To apply download an application form from the website.

Children Today – UK

Children Today helps disabled children and young people up to the age of 25. They provide grants for specialist equipment and aids such as communication aids, educational toys, trikes, lifting equipment and electric wheelchairs.

Applications must be made direct by the applicant, their parents or guardian by calling 01244-335622 to discuss their application. All applications are means tested.

Children's Heart Federation - UK

The Children's Heart Federation provides information and practical support to children and young people with congenital and acquired heart conditions and their families. Professionals such as cardiac nurses, social workers or advice workers are able to apply for grants towards specialist equipment and unexpected family costs such as travel expenses to hospital for families with children who have heart conditions.

To apply: After reading the detailed criteria for application sponsoring professionals must use the on-line application form confirming that the child is a suitable recipient.

The Federation also organises family trips and respite.

Children's Hope Foundation - UK

The Hope Foundation aims to improve the lives of children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty.

They provide funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child such as medical equipment, computers, holidays and days out.

To apply download the on-line application form. Financial details are required.

Variety Club - UK

Variety, the Children's Charity, is about increasing positive experiences for children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Variety provides both practical help including Variety Sunshine Coaches, Variety Wheelchairs and specialist equipment through our grants programmes, as well as creating memorable childhood experiences in our Variety at Work scheme


Caudwell Children - UK

Caudwell Children provides funding for children under 19 years who have a disability or chronic illness. They fund specialist equipment for mobility, computer access, sensory needs and medical items such as nebulisers and monitors. The charity also provides for the cost of specific therapies and treatments. To apply complete the on-line application form. Financial information is required as funding is only given to families whose income is less than £45,000 gross a year.

Caudwell children also funds and organises group holidays for children with a life-threatening condition.

Action for Kids - UK

Action For Kids is a charity that helps young people with physical and learning disabilities across the country find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support. Action for Kids are committed to the relief of children and young people who are suffering from sickness or physical or mental disability by assisting them to lead full and independent lives and by any other means whatsoever. Action for kids assist with the provision of support and assistance to the carers of children or young people suffering from physical or mental disability.


Handicapped Children’s Action Group

Handicapped children’s action group is a registered charity, working to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs. The children, from all areas of the UK are unable to obtain this equipment from the NHS and because of the cost it is usually unaffordable by the families.

To apply

Cash for Kids - GB

Cash for Kids lends a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children aged 0 to 18 years across 21 areas in the UK by means of our grant giving process.

Grants awarded go towards buying specialist equipment for children to enhance their quality of life. They are given to children’s charities and organisations to help them undertake projects and new initiatives or to ensure that much needed services can continue to provide essential care and support. All the money raised on behalf of Cash for Kids stays in the area it was raised in providing a helping hand when and where it is needed most.


Boparan Charitable Trust - England & Wales

The Boparan Charitable Trust is a new charity supporting children and young people under 18 years who live in England or Wales and are disadvantaged through poverty, disability or terminal illness.Each application request is judged on its own merits and must be approved by an independent professional such as social worker or doctor to ensure that the child will benefit from the request.

To apply download an application pack from the website. Financial details are required and three independent quotations if you are applying for specialist equipment.

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