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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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Home Care

Home Care
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:15:00 -0800

The visits coincide with preparations for the 133rd Varsity Match organised to be held on 11 December at Twickenham stadium, for which Leonard Cheshire Disability has been selected as the official charity. Members of the Cambridge and Oxford teams are ...


The Guardian
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:01:28 -0800

In No Place Like Home, published on Monday, Leonard Cheshire Disability accused the government and housing developers of failing disabled people. The charity wants the government to make housing developers build all new homes so they are easy to ...

Oxford Student

Oxford Student
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:31:55 -0800

With regard to the chosen official charity for Thursday's Varsity match against Cambridge, Taylor added: “We know that Oxford supporters are generous and we have set ourselves the challenge of raising more money for Leonard Cheshire Disability than ...

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo
Sat, 06 Dec 2014 08:41:15 -0800

Not a single council in the region holds information about how much wheelchair accessible housing it has - effectively leaving disabled residents languishing on waiting lists and living in discomfort, says the Leonard Cheshire Disability organisation.
Institute of Development Studies
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:23:01 -0800

The briefing, Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Relief Efforts, by IDS Research Fellow Pauline Oosterhoff and Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre Assistant Director Maria Kett forms part of the IDS Rapid Response ...


Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:45:00 -0800

The Winter Warmer campaign is being run by the council in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability and other partners on the borough's Excess Winter Deaths Steering Group. It comes as freezing weather is set to take hold, resulting in sub-zero ...

Bangladesh News 24 hours

Bangladesh News 24 hours
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:56:15 -0800

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Third Sector

Third Sector
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:52:30 -0800

She joins from Leonard Cheshire Disability, where she was managing director of campaigns and engagement. CORRECTION - In last month's Movers, Nigel Evans was listed as the new chief executive of Stagetext. This should have been Nigel McCune.

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