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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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Burton Mail

Burton Mail
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:33:45 -0700

TOO many people with disabilities are being left trapped in homes that are unsuitable for them, a charity has insisted. According to research carried out by Leonard Cheshire Disability, there are currently more homes in the East Midlands that are not ...

Rochdale Online

Rochdale Online
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 12:43:48 -0700

Littleborough Finest Crafts held a craft fair today (Saturday 1 November) to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability. The fair, which included stalls such as candles, scarves, jewellery and cards, was held at The Wheatsheaf in Littleborough ...

Autism Daily Newscast (press release)

Autism Daily Newscast (press release)
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:03:45 -0800

Jane, currently Managing Director of Campaigns and Engagement at Leonard Cheshire Disability, was previously Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns at Rethink Mental Illness, chaired the campaigns group of the Mental Health Alliance ...
The Guardian
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:21:54 -0700

At Leonard Cheshire Disability we have been working to change this. Our 'Access to Livelihoods' project model supports disabled people in developing countries to access the skills and resources they need to secure a job for the long-term. With the ...
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:10:05 -0700

LONDON, Aug 13, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Accenture and Leonard Cheshire Disability today announced that Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded the charity an additional US$4.1 million to build on and expand their Access to ...

Littlehampton Gazette

Littlehampton Gazette
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:56:15 -0800

A care home for disabled people in Rustington is once again renewing its appeal for more people to help lead activity sessions. The support is needed at St Bridget's, the Leonard Cheshire Disability home in Ilex Close, which is looking for people who ...
The Herald
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:18:45 -0700

It will take the collective effort of all Zimbabweans, those with disabilities and non-impaired alike, to improve the lives of Zimbabwe's living with disabilities. The author is the Programmes Coordinator at Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe Trust.

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700

... described the harmonisation of disability statistics as “the essential condition for an inclusive post-2015 development framework”, while Professor Nora Groce, director of the Leonard Cheshire disability and inclusive development centre, said: “The ...

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