Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity helps to make life better for seriously ill children under the age of 25 in the UK. We believe every child has the right to a more marvellous life, no matter how ill they are, or how short their life may be.

The average grant amount is £300. Grants are given for a variety of support such as:

  • physiotherapy
  • specialist equipment
  • travel, accommodation and subsistence costs whilst the child is in hospital.
  • everyday items, such as furniture and white goods, if the child needs it because of their condition.

Please note: We welcome applications from any family with an affected child, regardless of condition, as long as that condition is serious and is not a form of cancer. We are also unable to support applications for children and young people who solely have learning or behavioural difficulties including autism and ADHD. You can use the Turn2us Grants Search to find other charitable funds if your child has cancer.

Last updated on 6 June 2019

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for children under the age of 25 who has a serious illness that could be life-limiting, and meets the following criteria:

  • The child is eligible to receive Medium or High Rate DLA (the Care component) or the Enhanced Rate for 6 of the 12 activities in the PIP or has an equivalent level of need
  • The family are living in financial hardship
  • The family has not received a grant for this child from the Marvellous Family Grants in the last 12 months

What we can't help with

  • Families where the child has cancer or learning or behavioural difficulties and no other illness
  • Holidays or day trips
  • Property adaptations, deposits for vehicles, garden works or sheds/storage
  • Utility bills
  • Respite care
  • Driving lessons
  • Any items or support which have already been paid for
  • Anything which a statutory agency (such as local authorities or health services) has a responsibility to provide the item required

Visit the Roald Dahl Charity website for more information.

How to apply?

We are unable to accept applications completed by parents or individuals. 

We are only able to accept applications completed via a healthcare professional, social services, health visitors, or grant coordinators within an organisation. The reason we only accept applications via this route is to ensure that criteria is met through an independent professional.  It greatly reduces our overheads by asking the application officers to check details for us thus ensuring a very fast decision process.  If we had to do these checks internally we would not have as many funds available to help families.

Who are applicant officers?

We would be able to accept applications through your social worker, family worker, health visitors, occupational therapist, and grant coordinator within an organisation. Someone working within the health and social care profession who knows your family and your history and would be happy to complete an application on behalf of you. 

The applicant officer should contact the charity directly. Applications usually take about 4 - 8 weeks. See the Roald Dahl Charity website for more information.

Contact details

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
Montague House, 23 Woodside Road
Telephone: 01494 890465