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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]

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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31 news items

Stoke Sentinel
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:56:15 -0700

A NEW report by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability estimates that 75 per cent of people with mobility problems are unsuitably housed, with 5 million now needing disability-friendly homes. Some 80,000 wheelchair users in England have unmet housing ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:18:45 -0700

The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability claims that as many as five million people now need a disabled-friendly home, a number set to rise as the population ages. A survey for the charity's Home Truths campaign finds that almost three-quarters of ...

Yahoo News UK

Yahoo News UK
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:03:45 -0700

Many disabled people are living in conditions "reminiscent of a Victorian era", a charity has warned. Leonard Cheshire Disability said that thousands of disabled people are shut out of their own kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms because they are not ...

Home Care

Home Care
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:22:30 -0700

Clare Pelham, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, called it “truly shocking that in 2014 disabled people are living in conditions reminiscent of the Victorian era”. She added: “A strip wash at a kitchen sink is something that belongs in a ...
24dash (press release)
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:26:15 -0700

New research from Leonard Cheshire Disability shows that over 7 in 10 (72%) of British adults reporting mobility problems say they don't have a door into their building that they can get through. Its 'Home Sweet Hell' report on 'The Hidden Housing ...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:33:12 -0700

In addition, the broadcaster will be working in partnership with organisations such as the Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), Working Links and Remploy, to open up 150 roles to 'non-media ...
Littlehampton Gazette
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:03:05 -0700

CHEFS with a flair for food are being called to help disabled residents in Rustington who are keen to cook for themselves. St Bridget's Leonard Cheshire Disability home, in Ilex Close, is appealing for volunteers to help teach residents basic cookery ...
West Bridgford Wire
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:30:00 -0700

The Scouts sold refreshments, had a raffle and raised £660.29 which goes to their Fund for a new scout hut while the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home on Julian Road raised £563.19 from the sale of cream teas with the aim of buying a new TV for the ...

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