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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 08:31:33 -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 ...

Third Sector

Third Sector
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:03:45 -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.

carehome.co.uk News

carehome.co.uk News
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:22:30 -0700

A woman from Little Chalfont is preparing to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time fundraising for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Alexandra Wilson-Jones, 29, will be 1 of 30,000 runners on 26 April 2015 to participate in the ...
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.
Uttoxeter News
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700

A LEADING charity said disabled people are being 'left out in the cold' because they can't get in through the front door of their home. A survey by Leonard Cheshire Disability has found that three quarters of the people in the UK say their houses do ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:07:30 -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 ...

Home Care

Home Care
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:07:30 -0700

Disabled people are being 'left out in the cold' as most UK homes do not have front doors that are easily accessible, according to a leading charity. A recent survey carried out by Leonard Cheshire Disability found 75 per cent of houses in Great ...

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The Guardian
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:11:02 -0700

Echoing the views of many, Leonard Cheshire Disability said: “The Department of Health is absolutely right to say that 15-minute home-care visits are inappropriate.” Photograph: Michel Euler/AP ...

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