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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]


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]


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]


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]

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


  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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Jakarta Post
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:45:00 -0800

Leonard Cheshire Disability, with help from the European Union, funded the program in 2011 that ran for two years. Petty, who has been volunteering with the foundation for more than a decade, said it would be a pity if the program did not continue.

Third Sector

Third Sector
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:07:30 -0800

A higher-than-average proportion of the UK's biggest fundraising charities have set up payroll-giving schemes, but a lower-than-average proportion of their staff are participating in them, according to research by Third Sector. The research found that ...

Bristol Post

Bristol Post
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:52:30 -0800

An RAFVR student from Bristol University Air Squadron (UAS) is limbering up to run the London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability. Lily Forward is part of the UAS air squadron at the University of the West of England and studying Mechanical ...


Thu, 05 Feb 2015 08:09:57 -0800

For the tireless activist, who won the 2012 local campaigner of the year award from Leonard Cheshire Disability and was nominated the next year for Cheshire Woman Of the Year Award, there should not be any controversy surrounding the medical procedure ...

Third Sector

Third Sector
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:10:26 -0700

Social investment will not achieve the desired growth unless its promoters stop telling charities that they are wrong to be sceptical about it, the chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability has told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:05:24 -0800

The Mail has long campaigned for improved care for older people as part of a Dignity for the Elderly campaign. This latest investigation was prompted by a similar exercise in 2012 by Leonard Cheshire Disability, which found two thirds of councils ...
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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:37:30 -0800

In the Leonard Cheshire Disability heat, David Warren came first in the manual wheelchair contest and Nick Ingram scooped first place for electric wheelchair users. Billie Smith, activities and volunteer coordinator, said: “The residents really look ...

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 ...

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