Wider support to meet the needs of disabled children and their families Last year, Family Fund provided over 88,000 essential grants or services to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people across the UK. Our Annual Review 2017/18, published today, highlights the continued expansion of support provided by Family Fund to low income families. In the last year, we not only received and considered 84,932 applications from families, but provided support worth over £33 million. Family Fund’s reach across the UK has also continued to grow, with over 950,000 people being reached over the phone, via social media, at our events or through our website. Some of the highlights from Family Fund’s Annual Review 17/18: Family Fund received, and considered, 84,932 applications from families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. A total of 2,427 families received urgent help within 48 hours through our urgent referrer network, intended to help those faced with unexpected financial crises. 13,864 services were provided, including information, advice and support on the telephone and face to face in the family’s home. We extended our digital skills training to a further 286 parents and carers to help them develop the skills to make better use of the technology in supporting their children’s needs and take advantage of services and support available online. £3.3 million of additional income was generated through contracted suppliers and negotiating contracts. Family Fund ensured 93p in every £1 was spent on direct charitable purposes. Speaking about the charity’s success, Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive, said: “When you are a parent or carer raising a child or young person with a disability or serious illness, life can be tough and every day you can face barriers that need be to overcome. Last year we worked hard to help ease some of the pressures families told us they faced by providing practical help. In fact, we received over 12,500 more applications for support than we did a few years ago. “We have been providing essential support to families for 45 years now, and our understanding of the needs of families continues to grow every day through conversations with parents and carers. That is why this year more than any other we have worked to broaden the support we offer and signpost to other organisations who will assist in making an even bigger difference to families. “Families remain at the heart of what we do, and we remain committed to increasing our support to listen and adapt to their needs and to amplify their voices.” Read and share our Annual Review 2017/18.