Project information

AFK’s Kids Christmas Appeal

Independence is at the heart of giving disabled children the same opportunities that their non-disabled peers enjoy. The Kids Christmas Appeal will give UK disabled children the right equipment to be able to move, meet other children, and enjoy varied play, without needing help.

November 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Action For Kids Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    1 in 17 children in the UK are disabled, and without the right support a disabled child can fall further and further behind their able-bodied peers. Disabled children are unable to get the mobility equipment that they really need, due to the high cost.

    AFK has a waiting list of children all looking for equipment that would make a huge difference to their lives, recommended by their NHS physiotherapist – but unavailable on the NHS.


    The Kids Christmas Appeal will fund vitally needed mobility equipment for children at the time when they need it most. With the help of donors across the UK, disabled children will get the equipment that they need to make the most of every opportunity – and make their own. This will benefit them, their families, and the whole community in which they can then play a greater part.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide mobility equipment for disabled children across the UK.


    » Promote the project to 20,000 current donors by post, telling them about the project and how to support via the Big Give.
    » Promote the project through digital channels, find new supporters and show them how to maximise help for disabled children through the Big Give.

    By providing the requested equipment for every child in the appeal.

  • Impact


    This project will provide disabled children with the tools that they need to be more mobile, and to learn independence skills that will affect the rest of their lives. The health and developmental problems are already present, and when the equipment has been provided we will expect to receive feedback demonstrating the progress (or slowed deterioration in some cases) that the child has been able to make with the equipment.


    Some families seek funding from multiple sources, and find it elsewhere (we encourage this to give the children the best chance of getting their equipment quickly), which would remove them from our appeal. We will select our beneficiaries later in the year to minimise the potential for this. Those on the waiting list now may receive funding before then.
    Priority will usually be given to those that have been on the waiting list the longest. If some drop out there will be replacements available.


    Donors receive regular updates by post or email on equipment that has been previously provided thanks to their generosity, as long as they have consented to further contact.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 A child's exerciser In last year's appeal this was the lowest cost we funded.
      £7,000 A twin-trike This was last year's highest cost item, enabling a severely disabled child to ride safely.
      £2,000 The average cost How much it costs to buy the average piece of mobility equipment for a disabled child.
      £1,500 The cost of a specialist trike A trike that supports a disabled child needs to be custom-built to fit the child
      £1,000 Lycra suit A custom suit helps a child with cerebral palsy to move in a way that helps them develop.
  • Background


    This project will cover the whole of the UK. Action For Kids has been helping disabled children to get moving across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for 25 years, based in our office in Hornsey, north London.


    Disabled children, their families, and their communities will all benefit. When a child is able to realise their full potential then they have a better chance of being able to lead independent, happy lives as a an active part of the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our network of NHS physiotherapists and special schools ensure that we are well-known by those working with physical disability in the UK, and know who to turn to. Our national reach with communications and fundraising have successfully found children the equipment that they need in the past.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Edward Horner

    Edward helps kind donors who support disabled children find out more about the UK children who want to reach their potential.

    Julia Paylor

    Julia is the Mobility Manager, and ensures that AFK does as much as possible to get the right equipment and support for disabled children.