Caudwell Children is a national charity seeking to change the future of all disabled children across the UK by providing access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need. It was established in 2000 by John Caudwell, founder of the Caudwell Group including Phones 4 U, who had a vision of “a world where all disabled children and their families have choice, opportunity, dignity and understanding”. As Chairman Emeritus he is still very much involved today, being the charity’s biggest single benefactor funding their administration costs thus ensuring that 100% of public donations go directly to the children and families who need support.
Their vision closely mirrors that of The Edward Gostling Foundation’s that “people living with a disability or long-term illness should have the same choice, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others” and in 2018 we were delighted to provide a £50K grant which they would match fund over 12 months to purchase items of specialist equipment, technology and sensory toys to individuals in need. To date our £100K of joint funding has been used to support 47 children with 11 different conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy, Down’s Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. The success of our initial Charity Partnership and the impact it is having on the lives of many disabled children has led us to extend it and provide a further £200K grant to be paid over the next 4 years, which again Caudwell Children will match.
Caroline Kendall, EGF’s Operations Director said:
“The Edward Gostling Foundation is delighted to support such a dedicated and diverse charity. Our grant over the next few years will support many children with a range of disabilities and enhance their quality of life. Both The Edward Gostling Foundation and Caudwell Children have a vision that any person living with a disability and their loved ones will have access to the best possible chances in life”
Trudi Beswick, Caudwell Children’s Chief Executive Officer said:
“Together we are stronger and thanks to this long-term partnership, the Edward Gostling Foundation and Caudwell Children will work together to improve the independence, comfort, safety and general wellbeing of disabled children right across the UK. We are immensely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for their extended support of our equipment service and to their commitment to supporting disabled people.”