As announced via our full press release, celebrity couple Paddy and Christine McGuinness launch a new podcast series, with families supported by Family Fund, in partnership with McCain and Family Fund.

Table Talk with Paddy and Christine McGuinness aims to raise better awareness of the realities of daily life for families raising a disabled, or seriously ill child or young person.  The couple, who have three children with autism, will meet a new family each week for a virtual, round-the-table chat, to learn more about their family lives and hear personal, candid and heart-warming stories, family tips and more about the Family Fund support they’ve received.

We’ll cover topics ranging from the extra costs of raising a disabled child, mealtimes and family holidays to sibling dynamics, the impact of the pandemic, communication and the senses.  The podcast launches alongside new research revealing that almost half of the 2,000 UK families polled are unaware of the challenges faced by families raising a disabled or seriously ill child.

Families with a disabled child, say they feel widely underrepresented in society, with more than three quarters of parents saying they want to see more families like theirs shown in mainstream culture.  Three quarters of families who have children with additional needs believe their child will always be at a disadvantage.

Podcast episodes

Episode 1: Extra Costs with Nicky (original air date Wednesday 23 February 2022)

Episode 2: Senses with Melissa (original air date Monday 28 February 2022)

Episode 3: Siblings with Jo (original air date Monday 7 March 2022)

Episode 4: Breaks with Katie (original air date Monday 14 March 2022)

Episode 5: Communication with Katy (original air date Monday 21 March 2022)

Episode 6: Pandemic with Chubado (original air date Monday 28 March 2022)

For a full transcript of each episode, please get in touch with [email protected]

Family Fund’s mission is to improve the lives of low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.  The national charity helps families on low incomes, in hardship and crisis, with vital support and information - including grants for essential items such as kitchen appliances, clothing, bedding, furniture, family breaks, computers and tablets, sensory toys and more.