What We Do

EDC gives help to local disabled children who live or are educated in the Guildford area or are under the care of the Royal Surrey County Hospital Children's Unit. We provide equipment to disabled children to make their lives as full as possible. The equipment usually enables children to live more comfortably, to play in more creative ways, to learn more easily or to enjoy more mobility.

The equipment provided by EDC, often at short notice, has always been recommended by a professional in the child's medical caring team. Because the equipment is usually so specialized, and is either tailor-made or adapted exclusively for the child concerned, it is more often than not much more expensive than standard 'off-the-shelf' products. For example, tricycles are a very frequently recommended item which gives children independence, exercise and the ability to play with other children. They cost on average about £950 each. Normally, because of budget limitations or other restrictions, such equipment is either not available from the Health, Education or Social Services or would be so delayed that the necessary benefit to the growing child would be lost.

Because each child's need tends to be different, each applicant receives individual attention. Apart from the trikes', other examples of equipment provided in the recent past include standing frames, seating systems and walking aids for the physically handicapped. We have also provided a touch-screen computer for a boy with cerebral palsy and a high magnification reader for a boy with a severe visual impairment, which we hope will help him with his secondary school education.

If you have a child who is disabled and who might be helped by some specialist equipment and who lives or goes to school in our defined local area, please contact us. Providing the medical team supports the application, EDC will do what it can to help.

So far EDC has helped children with a wide variety of disabling conditions including

  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Down's syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Head injuries
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Low muscle tone
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Stroke