About Leonard Cheshire

We are the leader in enriching the lives of disabled people.

..Our founder, Leonard Cheshire, laid the foundations of our work today in May 1948, when he took a dying man into his home and nursed him by himself. From these roots, we have led the way in establishing effective ways of supporting disabled people: today, we are the largest disability non-profit organisation in the UK, with around 5,000 employees, and last year directly reached over 71,800 disabled people across the UK and globally.

We are committed to building a more equitable society through raising awareness on disability, campaigning on policy, and through our programmes. These include training and employment programmes (which help people to learn new skills, grow in confidence and find fulfilling work) and disability training for employers, helping them to support disabled people and make the most of every individual’s skills.

We have a strong international presence making a difference in the lives of disabled children, young people and adults through improving their access to education and employment. In the past financial year we are proud to have helped over 11,800 children to get an education, and to have trained over 8,700 people so that they can move into employment. These are the fundamentals that enable people to improve their lives.

We are delighted that we recently appointed a new Chief Executive, Dr Ruth Owen OBE, who brings exceptional experience and insight to the next phase of our development and impact. Her strategic vision, together with our enhanced focus on fundraising and marketing, marks a step change in our reach and ambition.