Registered Charity Number: 802440 , SCO38067
Richmond, Surrey

React is a dynamic charity responding to the needs of terminally ill children cared for by low-income families throughout the UK. Our goal is to ensure that no child’s quality of life suffers through the lack of appropriate equipment or resources needed to offer basic care.


React in Operation Today

The charity has seven permanent members of staff working from a single office responding to nearly 2,000 requests a year. The charity’s growth has occurred largely from word of mouth and building relationships with medical and social care professionals throughout the UK. By maintaining the original principals of a simple application process for families and a fast, efficient assessment procedure, React can offer a minimal response time (typically 48hours). Unlike many organisations, React places no limits on the number of times in which a family can apply to React for the vital aid they require and React will consider each application it receives, awarding as many as funding will allow.


React considers any item that is a ‘basic, essential need’. Below is a non-exhaustive list of examples of equipment and assistance that React provides:

Type of Equipment



Specialist Medical

E-Flow Rapid Nebulisers, Sleep Systems, Electric Beds, Pulse Oximeters, P-Pod seats, Portable Suction Machines, Specialist Vests for Gastrostomy Fed Child


Mobility Items

Powered Wheelchairs, Adapted Tricycles, Ceiling Hoists, Specialist Car Seats, Swivel Bases for Car Seat, Standers, Arm Supports


Educational and Developmental Aids

Adapted Computers, Portable Touch Screen Tablet PCs, Communication Aids, Voice Recognition Software, Eye-Gaze Machines.

React also considers requests for basic essential homecare items and end of life costs. React families are given the opportunity to take one week’s respite a year at one of eight mobile homes across seven different UK locations.


React relies upon the expert opinions of medical professionals in the field, which ensures the equipment provided is of maximum benefit to each child.

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