Car Seat Grants
In 2007, Steps set up an equipment fund in memory of Claire Furmedge, who was sadly killed in an inflatable art structure at a park in County Durham: the fund is supported by the wonderful fundraising efforts of her family and friends. Claire was a dedicated supporter for Steps over many years, as her daughter was diagnosed with a hip condition as a baby. The fund provides a valuable grant towards purchasing a car seat. Without this support, some families would struggle to afford what is an essential piece of equipment.
What grant fund is available?
A maximum grant of £110 will be awarded towards a hip spica car seat, which must be purchased through our agreed supplier, In Car Safety Centre. The full cost of the seat, before the grant, is £220. The seat can be hired for the same price, with £110 refundable if hired for six months (grant still valid). The grant cannot be given if you have already purchased your car seat.
How do you apply for the grant?
In the first instance, you should complete our simple application form. Please call the Steps helpline 01925 750271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the necessary form. All applications need to be supported by a health professional (GP, consultant, health visitor) who can confirm that your child needs this equipment. As a small national charity, funds are limited – we receive no government grants for the fund and rely on families’ donations – so we do take a view of the whole circumstances of the family to help inform our decision. We therefore ask that you please complete the form honestly and include as much detail as possible.
How will I know if I have received a grant?
We are restricted in the number of children we can help because of the limited funds available, so we only allocate a certain number each month. We ask that you give us as much time as possible to process your application and if you are unsure as to what car seat you will need (e.g. your child has not yet had the operation), please talk to us and we will do our best to help you. We appreciate that it may not always be possible to give advance notice and in such circumstances grants can be awarded and processed urgently.
If your grant application is successful, you will receive a letter or telephone call confirming the grant and you will be given a reference number which should be quoted when you place your order with the In Car Safety Centre. If you do not use your grant within 6 weeks, it will be cancelled unless you inform us of the delay.
In the unfortunate event that your application has been unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing as soon as possible and you may reapply but must submit a new application form. There is no appeals procedure.
If you would like to make a donation to the Claire Furmedge Equipment Fund please visit our Fund page