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About the Children


 
People enquiring about the Children’s Fund ask us quite often "where do the children come from?"

 

When the charity was founded in 1928, underprivileged meant poor children from the workhouses and children’s homes of London. In this day and age, when one has to be so politically correct, although disability can be mental, physical or social, the trustees did not want to change the name of the Charity.

 

The Fund will try and help any ‘Special Child’ that is physically or mentally handicapped or socially deprived. Whenever possible, we assist in the purchase of recreational and communicative equipment, for example bikes, slides, toys etc. New technology can give the opportunity for children to communicate; therefore in very special cases, the Fund does make purchases of computers. Financial help is also given to hospitals, children’s homes, care centres, as well as individual families for the purchase of items so desperately needed

 

To help as many children as possible, contact is made with local authorities and the representatives who deal with 'special needs' children. Introducing ourselves to a new school or group, the Fund’s Child Liaison Officer will visit to find out what their needs are. It is important to see first hand what other practical help we can offer as well as taking the children on outings. During the year, many members of the public want to know more about the help we are able to offer. As passengers in taxis, questions are asked of the drivers, and the Charity is indebted to the many London taxidrivers who promote our work and come on our outings. Without their support there would be no outings.

 

Like most people, we are blessed with healthy children, apart from the usual problems of colds, and tummy-bug worries. Some of the families with whom we come into contact are not so fortunate. We can all see the problems if they are visible, like a child in a wheelchair, or with Downs Syndrome or visually impaired. But what about the invisible problems, the things we read about in newspapers, but think how can that happen in the 21st century. Many children on our outings look just like your children - nice clothes and the latest trainers. They will even tell you that they have the latest computer and things at home. Most of these children live in a fantasy world, because their real world is so hard to believe.

 

The Liaison Officer related the story of a young girl, who talked about her nice house, and the pony at her Nan’s farm. The reality was that at 9 years old she was in weekend foster care and was waiting for adoption. The mother had a new man in her life and her daughter was not part of future plans. Or the child who sleeps in a sleeping bag, fully clothed, because it is the only way they felt safe. Please do not judge the children. Sometimes the problems are not always visible.

 

If you know of a school, group or family that need help, please let us know.

 

Help us to help the children by sending a gift or donation, and feel proud that

 "NONE WALKS SO TALL AS HE WHO STOOPS TO HELP A CHILD"