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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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Derby Telegraph

Derby Telegraph
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:56:15 -0800

THE charity Leonard Cheshire Disability is looking for people around the UK who want to do something amazing and help combat the January blues. People who volunteer are more likely to cope better with the blues than those who don't. Volunteering ...


Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:39:20 -0800

David Cameron has been accused of trying to “buy and lie” his way back into Downing Street. The charge came after the PM showered taxpayers' cash on Tory and Lib Dem seats ahead of the general election on May 7 and unleashed a series of “grubby” ...

Carmarthen Journal

Carmarthen Journal
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:22:30 -0800

The home is owned by Leonard Cheshire Disability and Gary jumped out of a plane all in aid of buying an Eye-Gaze. This enables someone to communicate. He was joined on the skydive by Carmarthen tattoo artist Simon Griffiths (known locally as Nobby) ...

Spalding Guardian

Spalding Guardian
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:56:15 -0800

Hovenden House care home with nursing in Fleet, part of the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, is calling on the local community to get baking between February 9 and 15 to help provide life changing care and support for people with disabilities ...

Derby Telegraph

Derby Telegraph
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:40:29 -0800

DERBYSHIRE Community Support Service, part of the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, is calling on people to get baking between February 9 to 15 to help provide life-changing care and support for people with disabilities. "Give and Bake" is an chance ...

International Business Times UK

International Business Times UK
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:18:45 -0800

The report cites well-known charities as massive recipients of government income including Action for Children, the Leonard Cheshire disability charity, and Royal Mencap – saying that the latter receives 90% of its income from the government. A ...

West Bridgford Wire

West Bridgford Wire
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:14:49 -0800

... money for charities and other local good causes. Proceeds will go to the Lady Bay Community Fund, the New Scout Hut Building Fund, Leonard Cheshire Disability and various charities nominated by garden owners. Last year, the event raised over £6,000.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:15:00 -0800

Andy Cole, director of corporate affairs at Leonard Cheshire Disability, welcomed the proposals: “Any change that can help bring an end to the inappropriate use of 'flying' 15-minute care visits is hugely important and welcome. We need all parties to ...

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