The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live for one week only from 12pm on 28November until 12pm on 5 December. Every donation we receive through the Big Give website will be generously matched thanks to this fantastic charity initiative. You can donate here now.

Where will your money go?

You're probably aware of the work we do here at Family Fund to break down barriers and ease the additional pressures that families raising disabled and seriously ill children face through our grants.

What you may not know is that we also work to recognise the vital role that siblings of these children can play, through our special grants programme, Siblings Matter Too

Parents often tell us about the important role siblings play in their family, many helping with the day-to-day care of their disabled brother or sister.

These siblings often have fewer choices than other children and young people. They might be unable to bring friends home for tea, go out as a family to the park, complete homework undisturbed, pursue their own interests and often they worry about the future.

For many siblings, they find it hard to get parental attention and can receive the brunt of some challenging behaviour from their disabled brother or sister. And some children and young people with disabled siblings experience bullying.

Our Siblings Matter Too grants provide both recognition and respite to the challenges many of these siblings face on a daily basis by providing a small gift or activity.

This year we want to do more, and we need your help to do it as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

With your support, we can provide a Siblings Matter Too grant to more siblings of disabled children. A small gift that is usually the first time that the sibling has had their challenges recognised and acknowledged by someone outside the family. This small contribution makes a huge difference to the child and can dramatically increase their confidence.

How can you help?

For one week, The Big Give offers Family Fund the opportunity to have every donation we receive matched, up to a total of £2,500 - meaning we could double it to £5,000! That could help us support a further 100 siblings. This is where you come in…

From Tuesday 28 November, we’re asking everyone to make a donation to support our Siblings Matter Too programme. Please visit our Big Give webpage between 28 November and 5 December and make a donation that will go twice as far.

Have a question? Get in touch with our friendly fundraising team!