Raising money to support the individual

We believe disabled people should be able to live their lives the way they choose. But in many, many cases this can only be achieved thanks to the commitment of our incredible supporters.

Individual choice shapes what we do and the programmes we fund. And the money we raise helps make sure people’s lives are defined by their abilities, not confined by their
disabilities. Because it’s vital everyone has equal opportunities. Whether it’s having the chance to increase skills and self-esteem through volunteering or employment schemes, or supporting people to become more independent, we focus on the choice of the individual.

That’s why we raise money, so we can enhance the lives of the people we support.

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Key facts

  • 79 people took part in the London Marathon raising £210,000
  • gifts in wills last year accounted for £7.3 million from 173 supporters
  • in the last year, we received £7.7 million in donations

What we achieved last year

  1. Team Leonard Cheshire at the London MarathonWork with local services to fundraise for better facilities and opportunities for the disabled people they support. In the last year, we received £7.7m in donations from individuals, companies, lottery distributors and charitable trusts, which helped us fulfil the hopes of thousands of disabled people.

    These vital funds provide a wide range of opportunities for disabled people across the UK. People’s ambitions come in many different forms, but it is the generosity of supporters that makes it possible to achieve them.

    Some of this money pays for IT services to connect disabled people and help them become more independent. Everyone has a different passion and we work hard to help people achieve their goals. For some people, that’s being able to take part in sport. Greenhill House in Somerset raised £9,000 for their fishing and Boccia project, so the people who use the service can enjoy games and sports.

    Other people want to get creative in the kitchen, so we were extremely grateful to Howdens Joinery, who donated and installed more than ten inclusive kitchens in our services, from Worthing to Inverness. This was complemented by cooking classes and competitions. And thanks to an innovative partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum and JTI, disabled people have been able to take part in over 100 cultural workshops, as well as day trips to exhibitions and concerts.

    The way we raise money is as diverse as the activities that we support. Funds from the National Youth Social Action Fund, granted by the Cabinet Office and The Pears Foundation, meant that young disabled people aged between 10 to 25 could take part in volunteering opportunities in Yorkshire and Gloucestershire.

    We also raise money from events like the London Marathon, where this year we had 90 runners, including newly-weds Jessica and Danny Jacobs, who raised over £12,000 for one of our care homes with nursing, Symonds House, in Hitchin. Many people have been raising funds from Give and Bake, our community fundraising event which brings people together to raise money for the organisation.

    Others donated money, set up direct debits, or filled in gift aid forms, so we could claim the tax back on their previous donations.

    Thank you to every single individual, partner and supporter: we couldn’t do any of this without you.

  2. Woman enjoying tea and cakeExpand our international fundraising. Internationally, we help disabled children get a primary education and disabled adults acquire skills to get them into work.

    We were delighted Comic Relief agreed to support a new three year international programme. This will improve the lives and job prospects of 800 adults with disabilities in Moyo District, Northern Uganda. It will also tackle the social exclusion disabled people around the world often experience.

    We continued, too, with our partnership with Accenture on their Skills to Succeed initiative. As part of their goal to help three million people become fit for employment or entrepreneurship by 2020, they agreed to fund the third phase of our Access to Livelihoods programme. This will help us support 13,400 disabled people in 23 locations across India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South Africa.

  3. Promote giving a gift through a will, as a way of extending the legacy of people who have supported us throughout their lifetimes. Today we directly support thousands of disabled people in the UK, and globally, through our services and programmes. We also create opportunities for many others.

    But there is much more to do. Soon there will be a new generation of disabled people who will need us and that’s why we ask for support through gifts in wills.

    A gift in one will has transformed the lives of residents at Danybryn, our care home near Cardiff. It paid for a specialist exercise bike that can work both arms and legs and has different levels of resistance to match different abilities.

Goals for next year

  • Celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Leonard Cheshire.
  • Raise more money to help change the lives of more disabled people.
  • Create ongoing opportunities to listen to the views and suggestions of our supporters up and down the country. We do this through initiatives like the supporter promise, which is our commitment to actively ask for feedback, about what we do, whether that’s a suggestion or a complaint.

Mark's story

Mark at his homeAlthough Mark is no longer able to use his hands, special Eyegaze technology enables him to use the computer just by using his eyes.

He really looks forward to his sessions.

‘It’s very satisfying and interesting. I have definitely improved with practice. I am quicker and more precise.’

Playing computer games has helped Mark to develop a level of eye control that enables him to type emails using his eyes.

‘It’s amazing to think that one day I will type my emails for myself rather than dictate them.’