We have selected to support eight childrens charities in total. Please read further information below regarding these chosen charities:
Cerebra is a national charity essentially about babies and young people whose lives are affected by the debilitation of brain injury.  Their future can be made brighter with the right intervention and therapy.

Every year in the UK approximately 650,000 new babies are born and our research shows that 1 in 40 has a neurological problem. We support over 25,000 families all over Britain. We raise money to fund groundbreaking research into brain injury and neurological disorders and to operate a network of parents and carers whose lives are affected.

We act as a catalyst to provide interaction between professional research and the insight of parents and carers. We have a holiday home in West Wales which is open 51 weeks of the year offering free holidays to families with children suffering from brain injuries. Our grant system helps families receive toys and vital equipment for a small donation. Having no Government funding means we have to constantly strive to raise sufficient funds to support all that we do.

"Afasic is a relatively small, specialist charity working across the UK to provide help and support for children and young people affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication needs and their families. Over 1 million are affected by this disability, but awareness is low and parents often struggle to get information and access the professional support their child needs.

Afasic provides information and training for parents so that they can better support their child; and works directly with the children and young people to develop their communication, social and life skills. Our aim is that those affected get the opportunity to reach their potential and take an active role in society, rather than face isolation from it."
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we'll be here.
We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, we'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.
Francis House provides care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions. We also provide support and friendship for the whole family. The families teach us and humble us in their courage, commitment and strength of spirit.

When they are at a low ebb we endeavour, through our flexible child centred service to support them through their difficult times. Caring for someone, often for twenty four hours a day, seven days a week can put an impossible strain upon families. Relationships can suffer, careers are abandoned, brothers and sisters feel neglected, family activities and holidays are rare. Families can feel isolated, alone and afraid.
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Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in children and adults. Whilst DCD is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those who have additional problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought. Although dyspraxia may occur in isolation, it frequently coexists with other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, language disorders and social, emotional and behavioural impairments.

The objectives of the Dyspraxia Foundation are focussed on the relief of the condition of dyspraxia among children and young people, to promote better diagnostic and treatment facilities for those who have dyspraxia and to help professionals in health and education to recognise and assist those with dyspraxia. These activities are critical to help children and young people with Dyspraxia to avoid educational failure. Despite being a small national charity the Foundation has come to be recognised as the definitive source of information regarding the condition.

Our local support groups provide a safe environment where the children/young people can meet, socialise and undertake activities where they are not judged and can be themselves. They welcome siblings, parents and carers giving them a chance to meet, share experiences and learn how to support those affected by the condition. They help to reduce the isolation felt by many children and parents.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism.

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Our work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today.
Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS) is Stockport's Parent Carer Forum which is a parent led constituted group. This forum is for parent, carers, grandparents and family members who have children and/or young people in Stockport with disabilities or any additional needs. PIPS work in co-production to improve services and support for children and young people 0-25 years with disabilities and additional needs

PIPS engages in many ways with families at play sessions, coffee events, and evenings out.  We are currently looking into gaining funding to be able to provide more varied activities for children and young people with disabilities, and their families.
Children Today was founded in 1994 to help disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need.

Often children and young people with disabilities remain excluded from a lifestyle which other people may take for granted. They want to join in and take part in the same sorts of activities, within their capabilities, as other children. They want to gain more independence from their parents as they get older, but are often prevented from doing so.

We believe the provision of specialised equipment has a direct and immediate impact on a child's quality of life and independence, and is vital in helping them to overcome obstacles and achieve their potential.  Equipment can include wheelchairs, walking frames, tricycles and other mobility aids, as well as, multi-sensory equipment and other information technology.

Children Today relies totally on voluntary donations, we receive no funding from the government or social services.  There is no statutory right for young people with disabilities to be provided with equipment they need by the government or NHS, so we fill that gap.  We provide this service for children and young people right up to the age of 25.

Each piece of equipment is gifted to the child concerned, it is not a loan, and it is owned by the child, not their parents or guardians.  Our children love that, and they are very proud of their new independence and abilities.  We provide ongoing support and the children can come back for further funding as their needs develop or they outgrow their equipment.
 
Stepping Hill Hospital

Making a Million is raising money to support three services based at or linked to Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport: the neonatal unit, Swanbourne Gardens and wheelchair services.

The hospital's neonatal unit provides intensive and special care for 350 premature babies every year. Swanbourne Gardens is a respite centre for children with severe learning disabilities, complex health needs or life limiting conditions. The centre offers short breaks and overnight stays for children and young people, aged 5 to 16. The wheelchair service supports children with long-term mobility problems. It provides manual and power wheelchairs, special seating and cushions, modifications and accessories to best meet each child's needs.
Sea Shell Trust

Seashell specialises in providing education and care to children and young people aged 2 to 25 with the most complex neuro-disabilities/needs in society, including children with a combination of deafness, blindness, autism and attendant profound physical and multiple learning disabilities and/or difficulties (PMLD).  Additionally they have little or no ability to communicate individually.

They all have such severe and complex needs that Local Authority special schools do not have the experience, expertise, or specialist facilities to educate and/or care for them.

Seashell is unique in that it transforms lives through providing its students with an appropriate communication system.  Students are able to communicate, for the first time, with those around them enabling greater levels of independence and reducing frustration which precipitates challenging behaviour.  Adverse patterns of behaviour such as self-harm or violence to others drastically diminish, in particular the need for behaviour controlling drugs

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