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PUBLISHED: 15:54 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

Families caring for a sick or disabled child in London are being urged to contact a national charity to see if they are eligible for help. The Kentish Times has teamed up with charity, Caudwell Children, to find sick and disabled children in desperate

Families caring for a sick or disabled child in London are being urged to contact a national charity to see if they are eligible for help.

The Kentish Times has teamed up with charity, Caudwell Children, to find sick and disabled children in desperate need of their help and to support them by raising funds over the next 12 months.

Caudwell Children have been transforming children's lives since 2000 by providing direct donations of specialist equipment, treatments and therapy, in that time they have helped thousands of children from all across the UK.

Typical donations by the charity include state-of-the-art electric wheelchairs, therapeutic tricycles, conductive education and various autism therapy programmes; the charity can also fund specialist operations or treatments that may not be available through the NHS.

The charity was founded by entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist John Caudwell during his time in charge of communications giant, The Caudwell Group which included high street retailer, Phones4U.

Today Mr Caudwell funds all of the charity's administration and management costs, meaning all of the money raised goes directly to the cause and is not spent on overheads.

Trudi Beswick, of Caudwell Children, said: "Our collaboration with the Times and its parent group, ArchantLondon, will hopefully mean that we will reach thousands more families in desperate need of help over the next year. The charity helps children suffering from any type of condition so we really want to hear from any parents and carers in need of support and we will work with them to assess how we can help."

The team at the charity are also looking for local businesses and individuals who wish to help the team fundraise during 2009. With everything from celebrity parachute jumps to half marathons and pub quizzes planned for the coming months, the charity claims to have something to suit everyone.

l Anyone interested in finding out more about the charity is urged to telephone the team on 0845 300 1348 or visit the website on www.caudwellchildren.com.

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