Chris Westwood Charity for Children - Our Work
We provide mobility equipment for children with physical disabilities when there is no State or other funding available. Each purchase is a small project, and we need funds to be able to respond rapidly to requests (90 separate cases in 2016) we receive that comply with our grant criteria.
Our work is ongoing
Charity information: Chris Westwood Charity For Children With Physical Disabilities
Sadly the State system does not provide much of the special equipment needed. Rapid response, particularly for children with degenerative or life limiting conditions is vitally important. We provide the funding or balance of funding needing when there are no other sources of funding available.
We require a detailed medical report on the problems the child has, the equipment proposed, and the benefits that will be gained. We also require a detailed assessment by the supplier's competent person. Based on that information, and the assessed family need, if the application satisfies the Charity's grant criteria and we have the funds availabe, we will try to help. We often then receive reports back of the resultant progress that the child is making.
To help physically disabled children with the mobility equipment they need
Activities» Raise funds by as many different methods as we can, and respond to suitable applications received.
What success will look like
The success can be seen by the resultant progress that is made by the child.
We fund many different types of equipment, but special exercise equipment for example, can slow the rate of degeneration, and maintain some mobility for as long as possible, which is why speed of response is very important. Some equipment provides relief, and speed is again very important for life limited children to give them as much relief as possible.
The only risk to our progress is that we see an ever increasing demand for our help, and we have a finite rate at which we can generate resources. Because we operate with zero administration costs, we could stop and start operations with no cost implications (we have no employees). So far we have avoided this, but we do need to continue to increase our fundraising.
Our website has copies of all current reports. We provide a short quarterly report, a full annual progress report, the Trustee annual report, our annual accounts, and a full list of all the grants made, with brief details of each case.
Budget - Project Cost: £160,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £160,000 Equipment We expect to help over 100 cases in 2017 with costs ranging from £100 to £7000. On average, grant ex
We operate within a 50 mile radius of Stourbridge in the West Midlands.
Children with all types of physical disability, autism, visual impairment, within the operating area.
Because we operate with zero cost, we are a compact functional unit with fast response, we have built up a large group of contacts dealing directly with children needing help, and the chairman is a governor of two severe special schools meaning that we see the problems locally.
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There are only 4 trustees involved with the Charity. We oversee the operation and the decisions on support.