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About Us

The Dorset Children’s Foundation was set up in 2013 to support local sick and disabled children by funding medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies not covered by the NHS. We provide what is needed for a better quality of life.

According to Government national statistics there are over 2,500 disabled children across Dorset.

We have 3 successful charity shops and our sales cover all our modest overheads so 100% of your donation will go directly to help a local sick or disabled child. We promise that your donation will never be used to cover the day to day operational costs of the charity.

At The Dorset Children’s Foundation we are very hands on. We get to know the children and the family as a whole so that we can fully understand their needs. This led us to launch Accessible For All which offers a variety of inclusive family events from group days out to music, drama, yoga, football, dance, skateboarding, soft play and wheelchair dancing. The list is forever growing.

Not only do we raise vital funds we also offer a friendly support network, both within the charity and by connecting parents in similar situations who best understand the challenges each other face. Its like being part of the extended Dorset Children’s Foundation family.

The mental health of our families is very important to us as being the parent of a child with additional needs can lead to loneliness and depression. We now have a dedicated Mental health advisor and are able to offer counselling sessions and referrals to appropriate local agencies. This is offered to parents, siblings and the disabled child. 

We don’t just donate to individuals but offer funding and long term support to other local charitable bodies, such as children’s centres and sporting associations associated with disability.

We also support Something Special, a pre-school playgroup for children with additional needs and Doors Open a support group for SEN children.

Many people believe that children with disabilities can access all the equipment and therapies they need from statutory services, sadly this is not the case.

We work closely with statutory services who provide a fantastic service, but their resources are limited.

The therapies, equipment and accessible for all activities that we provide improve the lives of children with disabilities, over and above pure medical necessities. We seek to improve the quality of life for children so that they can gain better movement, overcome isolation, improve their self-esteem and play a larger part in the society around them, be that family or school.

We are registered with the Charity Commission, members of the Fundraising Regulator and have been approved by HMRC to collect Gift Aid.

"I was profoundly honoured to be asked to become a patron of the Dorset Children’s Foundation and accepted without a moments thought. It is a wonderful charity that is truly transforming lives and making a difference to so many families and I am immensely proud to be part of that team"

Stephen Young Lord of Westbury.

What We Do

We provide medical expenses, therapies and mobility equipment to improve the lives of sick and disabled children living in Dorset.

We can provide:

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Specialist equipment

Equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, car seats, hydrotherapy pools, adapted trikes and bikes etc.

Medical expenses

Medical expenses not covered by The NHS such as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operations for children with Cerebral Palsy. 



Therapies including speech, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.


Life experiences

We also provide life enriching experiences for children and their families.


Paddy's Purpose

We support Paddy’s Purpose, a fun interactive workshop for schools, designed to break down barriers & challenge how the world sees disability.


Family fun days

We offer our families  lots of different accessible events allowing the entire family to enjoy time out together.

Mental Health

The mental health of our families is very important to us.
Being the Parent of a child with additional needs is very isolating and can lead to loneliness and depression.
This impacts on all members of the family and the child themselves.
We now have a dedicated mental Heath advisor, Hayley Cheshire MSc Neuropsychology, who recently produced a scoping report from interviewing a cross section of our parents. This clearly identified that many of our families are in crisis with their mental health.
We are now able to offer one to one counselling sessions and are able to signpost and refer to appropriate local agencies. This is offered to parents, siblings and the disabled child.

What We Do:

Our shops cover our overheads, so your donation will always go to the child in need and not on operational costs.

We enter into partnerships with local companies for support, both with fundraising and expertise.

We organise sponsorship by local companies for our events to maximise their profits.

We encourage others to fundraise for us in any way they can: cake sales, sponsored walks, for example.

We pro-actively work to raise our profile in Dorset by engaging with the local community using Social Media, local press and networking.


Visit each family to tailor make their own fundraising package and provide posters and collection pots etc.

Apply for grants from Trusts and other charitable bodies.

Link parents, carers, and children together to form a vital support network.

Offer individuals the chance to take up a personal challenge for us: Marathons, Skydives, Wing Walks etc.

We offer local schools the opportunity to participate in Paddy’s Purpose, an interactive workshop designed to break down the barriers on disability.

Arrange fundraising events such as annual: Football Tournaments,  Fun Casino Nights and Comedy Shows.

Our Shops

Come and visit one of our three charity shops in Bournemouth.



Opening Times:
9.30am – 5.00pm MON – FRI
SAT: 10am – 5pm



Opening Times:
11am – 5.00pm



Opening Times:
9.00am – 4pm MON – FRI
SAT: 9.30 am – 3pm

You Can Change a Childs Future.


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