Diverse Abilities Lilypad Appeal

  • Amount £341,124.32
  • Target £357,842.00
  • Backers 114
cropped-fav-1.pngHelp us reach our target of £357,842 so we can renovate, upgrade and improve our respite home.

We have collected £341,124.32 of our £357,842.00 target. It is 95.33% of our goal for the Lilypad Appeal campaign


Give children and young people, and their families, the care they deserve by supporting the Lilypad Appeal.


Help us support more families


Help us provide brand new bedrooms to suit our children’s complex needs


Help us care for more children each day

We have achieved 95.33% of our Lilypad Appeal campaign from a total of 114 donors.

With your support we can

Make available additional hours of respite care a year to existing families and extend the service to new families


Improve the facilities to meet the changing and increasing needs of children and young people with disabilities


Bring together day and night respite in to one dedicated centre while improving the facilities and creating a more spacious, comfortable and homely environment.

Recent gifts:

October 27 2016
Kirsty Seager
August 24 2016
Hugh Felstead
August 13 2016
Julie McDonough

What we do and why it’s important



Alex is an energetic, non-verbal 14-year-old boy. Born with polymicrogyria of left frontal and perisylvan area of the brain leading to development delays, cerebral palsy and epilepsy… 



Since David was born he has required 24-hour care. Now age 19, David has been attending the Diverse Abilities respite home for over 10 years on a regular basis…



Grace, now 16, has enjoyed attending the Diverse Abilities respite home since she was six years old. At a young age, Grace and her family went through a traumatic time of tests…



Victoria is a lovely 14-year-old young lady who has profound and multiple learning difficulties and suffers with epilepsy. She has recently been diagnosed with a rare syndrome …

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The respite home is part of Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity.

The charity was founded in 1955  by a courageous local mum whose daughter was born with cerebral palsy. We are proud to have grown to now support 600 children and adults with physical and learning disabilities here in Dorset.