Charitable Grants

This page lists the grants that Donations With A Difference has awarded since achieving registered charity status in July 2014*. To apply for consideration for a future grant, first please refer to our grant-making policy, then apply online.

* Previously DWAD raised thousands of pounds for several other good causes including Movember, Sport Relief, and Children With Cancer UK.

Theo Morton

Theo Morton

Theo is a 5 year old boy from Deal wanting the chance to live a pain free life. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy is a spinal operation that will benefit Theo hugely by removing all spasticity (stiffness) in his body.

On the 15th December 2016 Theo had an assessment at Great Ormond Street London to assess Theo for an SDR Assessment (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy). The criteria is very strict as they will only accept the child if they feel it will hugely benefit them. The operation and rehabilitation costs £50,000.

Theo’s mum, Naomi Morton, contacted DWAD as she was aware we had have helped children in similar circumstances. We have agreed to pledge £1,000 towards her fundraising efforts. When the operation goes ahead Theo will no longer be in any pain and will have the chance to use his legs properly. He will achieve the independence that he so desperately desires.

Adam Bassett

Adam Bassett

17-year-old Adam Bassett from Sheerness was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His mum Sally said, “Adam stopped walking when he was 12 years old and since then he either sat on the sofa or his bed.”

Staff at the Orchards Centre in Sittingbourne - a multi-agency specialist hub that helps disabled children and their families - felt Adam’s mobility and quality of life would improve with a bespoke electric armchair. Unfortunately when the cost was presented to the NHS board it was rejected. Rachel, Adam’s Occupational Therapist at the Orchard Centre, liaised directly with DWAD chairman Wayne Hodgson. He met with Sally and Adam in their home and agreed that Donations With A Difference would fully fund the purchase of Adam’s new chair.

The chair was delivered on Thursday 19th January to a very happy Adam. His quality of life and independence has now been vastly improved.

Action for Folkestone Homeless

Action for Folkestone Homeless

Donations With A Difference funded 21 Christmas boxes which were handed out to local homeless people by DWAD trustees Will Chan and Alan Tingey. These boxes were personally prepared and wrapped by the DWAD trustees.

The boxes were organised and handed out in association with Pam Jones and Action for Folkestone Homeless and were warmly welcomed by their recipients. Each box contained cold weather essentials such as a hat, gloves, socks and a rain mac; towels and toileteries including shower gel and deodorant; useful items such as a torch and mug; and a stash of chocolate bars, biscuits and other snacks.

Action for Folkestone Homeless

Action for Folkestone Homeless

For the last three years Pam Jones has set-up a table on Christ Church Road providing meals for the homeless. She started by providing a couple of meals a day and now provides home cooked meals for up to 30 people daily - all prepared in her own kitchen.

Pam said “I desperately needed additional storage and a friend suggested I contacted Donations With A Difference, a local charity who donate money to local worthy causes.”

Delivered and operational at the end of October, Pam is delighted with her new shed: “I can’t thank DWAD enough for their donation,” said Pam, “I now have my conservatory back, although only temporarily as it will soon be filled with Christmas shoeboxes and warm winter clothing for the homeless.”

Holly Filtness

Holly Filtness

10-year-old Holly Filtness from Sheerness was diagnosed at the age of two with cerebral palsy with dystonia, a condition that affects all four limbs. Staff at the Orchards Centre in Sittingbourne recognised the need for Holly to have an electric chair but unfortunately due to strict NHS criteria she didn’t qualify for one.

Wayne Hodgson, chairman of DWAD remarked "We're a small local charity and can look at applications on a more holistic basis. Holly's application seemed a very worthy case and we are delighted to be able to help."

RMS, a local manufacturer of mobility aids identified the powered wheelchair with the best fit and suitability for Holly. The chair is their popular Invicta model, built with an aluminium frame and was delivered to a very excited Holly.

Sheppey Matters

Sheppey Matters

Sheppey Matters is one of Swale's leading regeneration charities co-ordinating a wide range of community activities at their base in the Healthy Living Centre and around the Isle of Sheppey.

Nigel Martin, Sheppey Matters Chief Executive contacted Donations With A Difference for help to fund their disabled young persons club. The disabled young person's club meet once a week in three sessions with 25/30 young people aged 12-25 taking part. The sessions offer sport, arts and crafts, drama, dance, radio broadcasting, DJ workshops, games plus discussions and workshops about issues affecting young people.

The £1,125 awarded by DWAD will pay for the weekly sports hall hire for an entire year.

Pilgrims Hospices

Pilgrims Hospices Pilgrims Hospices

Donations With A Difference has raised £410.00 for Pilgrims Hospices through various events. The money we have given to the organisation will pay for over 20 hours of nursing care for patients.

Pilgrims Hospices is a registered charity that provides free-of-charge specialist care to patients and families across East Kent to help them cope with incurable illnesses and to make the most of the time that they have. Yet every year it costs £14 million to maintain the three hospice locations, of which £11 million has to be self-generated through organising events. Without donations like ours, the hospices would struggle to survive.


SeeAbility SeeAbility

SeeAbility Maidstone provides a lively shared service for young adults living with sight loss and additional disabilities, aiming to transition to greater independence in the future.

The donation will go towards buying a talking microwave, an electric hob and other items of cookware that will enable the residents to cook safely and independently in their new home in Loose, Maidstone. The plan is for the residents to move in in stages from 15th August, and once settled they will be having a Mad Hatters themed party to celebrate.

Lilly-Ann Robertson

Lilly-Ann Robertson

Lilly-Ann Robertson suffers from a very rare genetic illness that affects the MED12 gene - she was the first reported case in the world. Her mother Roxanne said ‘When Lilly-Ann was born we were aware of problems but not the severity. Lilly-Ann is unable to walk, talk or do the things a child of her age should be able to do.”

Roxanne raised nearly £3,000 to pay for a Tiny Trax power chair for Lilly-Ann but still needed another £3,000. She had read about Donations with a Difference (DWAD) and wrote to request a grant. Chairman of DWAD, Wayne Hodgson said “We were all so taken by Roxanne’s request we decided to donate the remaining £3,085 needed to order the Tiny Trax chair.”

Folkestone Cricket Club

Folkestone Cricket Club

DWAD contributed to the cost of heart screening for Folkestone's young cricketers. The screening is performed by Cardiac Risk in the Young and will identify most cardiac abnormalities.

At least 12 young people die suddenly each week in the UK of previously undetected heart problems and offering screening will help to raise awareness of symptoms amongst coaches and physiotherapists as well as raising awareness throughout sport of the risk of Sudden Death Syndrome / Sudden Cardiac Death and highlight the families that are most at risk.

Finley Williams

Finley Williams

Finley suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy called Duchenne. The disease, which affects just one in around 3,600 boys, means four-year-old Finley will most likely not live much beyond the age of 25.

Thanks to our supporters who sponsor us and attend our events we were in a position to fully fund the £5,950 cost of a specially equipped wheelchair for Finley. The wheelchair has been carefully designed to enable access under school desks at a very young age and has the ability to grow with Finley so that he can continue to gain access to desks and tables as he gets older.

Katharine House Katharine House

In July DWAD awarded a grant of £600 to Katharine House Hospice in Mid Staffordshire to fund the purchase of an infusion pump for use by the nurses on the in-patient unit. This pump will be used to infuse and control the delivery of fluids and antibiotics to a patient's body.

Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire Leonard Cheshire

DWAD provided £1,000 to support Leonard Cheshire Disability's Kent Active project. This will deliver 24 weeks of sports activities which will be available to all of their Chipstead residents and day service users to participate in, allowing them to pick and choose which activities they would like to do.

See Ability

See Ability See Ability

SeeAbility Maidstone provides a lively shared service for young adults living with sight loss and additional disabilities, aiming to transition to greater independence in the future.

The money donated will buy much needed equipment: an iPad to help the girls shop online and utilise apps to help them to become more independent; and a Trekker Breeze handheld talking GPS device to help them navigate in the 'outside world'.


Demelza Demelza

Demelza Hospice Care for Children requires £9 million each year to run its services; so every donation is important. £80 pays for a tank of petrol for their minibus so that they can take children out on trips. £40 pays for a music or art therapy session for two children giving them the opportunity to express themselves and creating memories for their families.

Pilgrims Hospices

Pilgrims Hospices Pilgrims Hospices

DWAD raised money for Pilgrims Hopsices through our Super10 and World Cup Predictor competitions. The money we gave to the organisation will pay for over 67 hours of nursing care for patients and, without money like this, the hospices would struggle to survive.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance need to raise £6 million per year. The average number of call-outs per day is two per region at a cost of approximately £2,500 per call out. The helicopter is capable of travelling 150 mph which means it can go from Deal on the East Kent coast to King's College Hospital in London in about half an hour.

The £260 that you helped us to raise might be put to good use as follows: £120 for a protective Road Traffic Collision helmet, used by the crew inside crashed vehicles; 4 x £33 for specialist bandages designed to actively clot a serious wound; £8 for enough drugs to perform a general anaesthetic.