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Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO and Two Bars, DFC, founder of the charity

Leonard Cheshire Disability is a major health and welfare charity in the United Kingdom, founded in 1948 by RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire VC.

In 2006–7 it had a total expenditure of £143 million, placing it in the top 30 of UK charities.[1]


The charity was originally known as The Cheshire Foundation Homes for the Sick, then in 1976 it became the Leonard Cheshire Foundation. In July 2007 it changed to its current style, Leonard Cheshire Disability.[2]

Cheshire started the charity in 1948 with a residential home for disabled ex-servicemen at Le Court, a large country house near Liss in Hampshire. By 1955 there were six Cheshire homes in Britain and the first overseas project was also started in Bombay, India. By 1992 there were 270 homes in 49 countries.[3]

Each of these "Cheshire Homes", as they came to be called were similarly set up; local communities came forward, assembled a group of volunteers, found whatever suitable accommodation they could, set up administrative committees and set about raising funds for development. This gave each Cheshire Home a "local" structure closely knit to the community they were serving while being affiliated with an international organization.[4]


The charity is headquartered in London and its stated objects are "to relieve the consequences of physical and/or mental disability by the provision, in the United Kingdom and overseas, of accommodation, services and support for the spiritual, social, physical and/or mental wellbeing of disabled people, by such means as are charitable, whatever their race, nationality, creed, sex or age."[5]


It provides support to disabled people through a variety of different services including care at home, residential care and training. It describes itself as "the UK's leading voluntary sector provider of support services for disabled people". Its goal is to change attitudes to disability and to serve disabled people around the world.[6]

LCD's activities are particularly focused on guiding and encouraging the disabled to move toward independence and live life their way.

The Media and Press relations unit of the charity work on influencing public opinion about disability and raising funds for its various objectives.[7]

It also organizes sports and other social events for disabled persons making for an inclusive environment for the disabled.[8]

The Bank Workers Charity (BWC) works in partnership with (LCD) to provide independent and confidential information, advice, guidance and mentoring support to disabled people and carers in the banking community.

Related organisations[edit]

The Ryder-Cheshire Foundation[9] was set up by Leonard Cheshire and his wife Sue Ryder at the time of their marriage in 1959. It now mainly operates in two fields:

  • the rehabilitation of disabled people, through Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers[10]
  • the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis, through Target Tuberculosis.[11]

The Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre is a joint project by Leonard Cheshire Disability and University College London (originally set up in 1997 as the Leonard Cheshire Centre of Conflict Recovery).[12]

Cheshire founded the Raphael Pilgrimage to enable sick and disabled people to travel to Lourdes.[13]

Sue Ryder Care, a charity founded in 1953 by Sue Ryder, before she met Leonard Cheshire, is also one of the 50 largest charities in the UK.[14]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Ranked by expenditure. Source: Charities Direct: Top 500 Charities - Expenditure
  2. ^ http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=5339 Press release
  3. ^ Christopher Foxley-Norris, "Cheshire, (Geoffrey) Leonard, Baron Cheshire (1917–1992)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2008 accessed 18 July 2008
  4. ^ Leonard Cheshire Disability
  5. ^ Charity Commission for England and Wales: Charity Number 218186
  6. ^ Leonard Cheshire Disability
  7. ^ http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=68 Leonard Cheshire Media and PR
  8. ^ http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=14883 2010 Ability Media International Awards
  9. ^ Charity Commission for England and Wales: Charity Number 285746
  10. ^ Registered Charity No. 1088623 Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers
  11. ^ Registered Charity No. 1098752 Target Tuberculosis
  12. ^ Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre
  13. ^ The Raphael Pilgrimage was later constituted as a registered charity: The Raphael Pilgrimage, Registered Charity no. 1098328 at the Charity Commission .
  14. ^ Ranked by expenditure. Source: Charities Direct: Top 500 Charities - Expenditure
  15. ^ 'Dutton, Maj.-Gen. Bryan Hawkins (born 1 March 1943)' in Who's Who (London A. & C. Black)

Further reading[edit]

  • Morris, Richard. Cheshire: The Biography of Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM. London: Viking Press, 2000. ISBN 0-670-86735-7.

External links[edit]

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Research Magazine
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:18:15 -0700

Jane Harris, managing director of Campaigns and Engagement at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “We are delighted to be working with BritainThinks to support our campaigning in the run up to the general election. “Their public research with a focus ...
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:11:15 -0700

Funds will go to the village's care homes: Champion House, run by the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity; St Luke's Nursing Home; The Bungalows and Brookleigh Sheltered Home. To join the walk, meet at the Calverley Arms' picnic area at Towngate for an ...
Littlehampton Gazette
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:03:45 -0700

... a bigger screen. “It's a very generous donation and we're really pleased with it.” St Bridget's is run by Leonard Cheshire Disability. Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the UK's leading charities which provides support for disabled people ...

News Shopper

News Shopper
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:07:24 -0700

Access All Areas (AAA), which is based at St Cecilia's, a Leonard Cheshire Disability care home in Sundridge Avenue, launched a manifesto this month with the upcoming council elections in mind. The group is calling for the "Spirit of 2012", brought ...

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Comet 24
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:15:00 -0700

The home, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, supports 20 disabled people in Hitchin. Charlton Vincent finished in 4:09:27, Gordon Vincent finished in 4:16:36, Vincent Thibon finished in 4:19:20, Holly Finnigan finished in 4:43:34, and ...

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Hunts Post
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:52:30 -0700

Also lining up in London, for the second time, will be Hugh Williams, of Crown Walk, St Ives, who is running in aid Leonard Cheshire Disability, which runs a care home in Brampton. Money he raises will go towards the charity's Open Doors campaign, ...

Property Wire

Property Wire
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:26:43 -0700

But Jane Harris, managing director of campaigns for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity said that it was disappointing that the prospectus makes no commitments to building disabled friendly homes. One in six of us has a disability and there is a ...
British Cycling
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Tinkoff-Saxo, one of the world's leading professional cycling teams is backing a sponsored cycle ride on Sunday, 27 April for Leonard Cheshire Disability and St Edward's School in Oxford. The charity which runs John Masefield House, a care home with ...

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