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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 working in the United Kingdom and running development projects around the world. It was founded in 1948 by RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire.

The philosophy of Leonard Cheshire Disability is to encourage and move disabled individuals toward independent living and with the freedom to live life their way. The charity supports disabled people through local care services include residential homes, supported living, domiciliary support, day services, activity centres, respite care, transition services, and employment and skills support. It also runs political campaigns on issues affecting disabled people.

In 2013–14 it had a total income of over £154 million, placing it in the top 40 of UK charities.[1]

History[edit]

The charity was originally known as The Cheshire Foundation Homes for the Sick. In 1976 it became the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and in 2007 adopted its current name, 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. The first overseas Cheshire Home was established in Mumbai, India, in 1956.[3] By 1992 there were 270 homes in 49 countries.[4]

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 began 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.

The homes and services in the UK and Isle of Man are run by the UK charity. Over 200 other Cheshire homes and organisations around the world exist, run independently but affiliated to a Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance.[5]

Aims[edit]

The UK charity is headquartered in London and its main stated objectives are "to provide effective and efficient community-based services to disabled people that respond to their preferences" and to "campaign in partnership with disabled people, allies and supporters for a society that provides equality to disabled people."[6]

Activities[edit]

Leonard Cheshire Disability provides support to disabled people through a variety of different services including care at home, residential care and training and skills programmes. 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.[7]

The charity's activities are particularly focused on guiding and encouraging the disabled to move toward independence and live life their way. It formerly ran the Ability International Media Awards, recognising disabled people in the media.[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] The Centre is dedicated to generating applied research on disability in development, with particular emphasis on poverty and economic development in terms of livelihoods, inclusive education and public health. Centre staff also work closely on policy issues at a global level, serving in an advisory capacity to a number of UN agencies (including UNDESA, UNICEF, ILO, World Bank) and bilateral organisations (including DFID, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)). The Centre is based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London.

Cheshire founded the Raphael Pilgrimage to support 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]

See also[edit]

Cheshire Home, Chung Hom Kok

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 charities by income". Charity Commission. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Press release". 
  3. ^ Chennai news
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "Global Alliance - Leonard Cheshire Disability". Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Charity Commission for England and Wales: Charity Number 218186". Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  7. ^ Leonard Cheshire Disability
  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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Darlington and Stockton Times
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:53:30 -0700

Events raise much-needed funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability. EXHIBITION: Volunteer Julie Sewell studies the Leonard Cheshire exhibition at Winkies Castle in Marske Picture: STUART BOULTON. EXHIBITION: Volunteer Julie Sewell studies the Leonard ...

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Kidderminster Shuttle
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:18:45 -0700

Friday 19th June Leonard Cheshire Disability Saltways Redditch care home are taking part in the annual open day. The idea behind the day is to encourage local people to visit care homes in their community and to work together to develop better ...

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:33:45 -0700

Event organiser, Rob Askey, said: “As a law firm based in London as well as the Chilterns, Blaser Mills are the perfect partner to help us deliver two memorable days of cycling for every level of rider ability and by supporting Leonard Cheshire ...

Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:07:30 -0700

Run by Nesta, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability, the designs in the shortlist illustrate how assistive technology could aid disabled people in their everyday lives. From apps that play instructional videos, to affordable 3D printing these ...

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Comet 24
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:26:15 -0700

Among them were Herts Fire & Rescue, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Herts Society for the Blind, and Mind in Mid Herts. Event organiser Natasha Bartley said: “It's been another fantastic event. The feedback from stall holders and members of the public ...

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Carrick Today
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:03:45 -0700

A carer from Dailly has landed a prestigious award which highlights the service she provides to her clients in the area. Helen McCulloch won the Carer of the Year award at the Scottish Care awards in a glamorous ceremony held recently at the Marriott ...
 
St Helens Star
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:15:39 -0700

The Leonard Cheshire Disability organisation is looking to recruit people of all ages and backgrounds to offer help to 13 disabled adults living in a Supported Living Project. Volunteers will help them with social aspects from having a chat over a ...

West Bridgford Wire

West Bridgford Wire
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:18:45 -0700

All profits will be donated to the Lady Bay Community Fund and various charities nominated by garden owners as well as fundraising for the New Scout Hut Building Fund and Leonard Cheshire Disability. It has been confirmed that the Mayor of Rushcliffe, ...
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