Arthur ringing the going home bell at The Children's Trust

How legacy donations make a difference

Leaving a gift in your Will, no matter the size, will help us to continue to provide specialist rehabilitation, education and community services across the UK, helping children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Find out how legacies have impacted our services.

Founded on a Legacy

In 1927, a legacy of £20,000 was left by Mr Peter Reid to create a country branch of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH).

By 1983 GOSH could no longer sustain this branch and it was threatened with closure. But, thanks to a high profile campaign including local MP’s, staff and families, the organisation was saved, and since 1984 The Children's Trust has been an independent charity.

Mr Reid could not have anticipated what his gift would go on to achieve. Imagine what your legacy could achieve in years to come?

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How legacies have helped

Cheyne Therapy Centre


Thanks to legacy donations totalling £137,995 we opened the our Cheyne Therapy Centre in 2002; a purpose-built bright and inviting therapy and education centre, that offers essential facilities for rehabilitation. It is core to specialist therapy sessions, whether it be taking steps again in the modified gym, attending speech and language sessions or stimulation from the wondrous multi-sensory experiences – this centre is pivotal in development and rehabilitation.

Cedar Garden


Mary Fryer left a £10,000 legacy for the improvement of our sensory garden. Children love being outside; our Cedar Garden is the perfect place for children with brain injury to play safely and engage in multi-sensory experiences outdoors. Our fully adapted landscape provides the freedom to get around in wheelchairs, enabling them to play, grow vegetables and simply enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers around them.

Specially adapted minibus

Nicholas Owen

Thanks to a gift in the Will of Basil and Bunnie Bastin, our modified bus was bought with a legacy. It is essential for getting the children to their medical appointments and out and about on outings. It’s used daily, so look out for us. You may even see the newsreader, Nicholas Owen, who is our ambassador and volunteer driver!


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Leaving a legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will helps to ensure we are here for future generations of children who need our expert services in rehabilitation, education, therapy and care.