Charity grants can aid families with disabled or seriously ill children

Family Fund, the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, was in the Scottish Parliament this week to promote its work.

Local MSP Iain Gray was among the parliamentarians the charity spoke to. He agreed to help raise awareness of the support it is able to provide to families in East Lothian.

Last year, Family Fund provided 88,119 grants or services worth over £33 million to families across the UK. The charity supports families with disabled or seriously ill children by providing grants for essential items such as washing machines, cookers, clothes, computers, bedding and much needed family breaks.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Family Fund believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. It can provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.

“Families raising a disabled or seriously ill child can often face additional financial struggles and these grants can help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

“I would urge any families in East Lothian who are facing these circumstances to find out if Family Fund can provide them with some extra help.”

To be eligible for a grant, families must have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

If they do not receive any of the above, families can still apply, but they will need to provide some extra information about their household income.

Further details on eligibility for the grants and other services Family Fund provides can be found at