Growing our support for families raising disabled or seriously ill children Family Fund provided 89,101 grants and services to families across the UK last year, an increase of several hundred on the previous year, that reflects the continuing need for our support. We have published our annual report, which highlights the range of work we do across the UK, and outlines some of our plans for the next year. Alongside this, the video below shows a selection of our families sharing the different ways in which our grants meet their particular needs. We provided over 73,000 grants last year, from our main government-funded grant schemes in all four UK countries, to smaller grant schemes, funded by individual trusts and foundations, that provide particular support depending on a child’s condition or where they live. This work also included supporting young people aged 18 or over for the first time, with 31 grants provided via our ‘Your Opportunity’ scheme to 18-24 year-olds living at home. And we continued to recognise the contribution that the brothers and sisters of disabled children make to family life through our ‘Siblings Matter Too’ grant scheme, which provided a small gift to 480 siblings. We were able to provide over 15,000 services to families, including information, signposting to other services, help with accessing other financial support, and digital skills training. This included a big increase in those receiving advice on accessing the disabled child element of tax credits, with 1,748 families receiving support in this way. As our work grows, we continue to seek more funding to deliver the grants and services people need and make the most of the income we have. By continuing to work in an efficient manner, we ensured 93p in every £1 received in government funding was spent on direct charitable purpose. Through our negotiated contracts with suppliers, we also generated almost £3.2 million of additional income. Our trading subsidiary, Family Fund Business Services, makes a big contribution to helping us achieve our goals. The fulfilment and grant administration service it provides to local authorities, housing associations and charities generated £746,000 in gifted profit, which goes to support the work of Family Fund. This included the first year of delivering the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme. This £3 million programme supports families in crisis facing severe financial, health or social difficulties, and provides items such as kitchen appliances, clothing, or furniture that meet children’s most basic needs. The programme has already helped over 11,000 children, delivering more than 15,000 essential items. Click here to view our annual report and accounts.