In his mid 90s, this veteran fundraiser sits in his wheelchair on the streets of Edinburgh.

Physical disabilities: charities

There are many charities in the UK that provide advice, support, products and services for people with disabilities as well as their friends, family members and carers.

Aspire. Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injury.

Arthritis Action. Arthritis Action is dedicated to helping people with arthritis to enjoy a more active life with less pain. This organisation offers healthy eating advice, provides hands-on physical therapies and assists with pain management.

Arthritis Care. Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working with—and for—all people with arthritis.

Back Up. This is a national charity set up to inspire people affected by spinal cord injury and help them to transform their lives.

British Polio. The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering approximately 120,000 people in the UK who are living with the late effects of polio and post-polio syndrome (PPS).

Cerebral Palsy. This is an organisation set up to support children, adults and their families affected by cerebral palsy.

Jewish Care's Community Support and Social Work service. By supporting individuals, families and communities, this service enables people to identify care options that offer dignity and choice. It also advocates on behalf of people whilst offering advice and guidance. Call 0208 922 2222 or send an email to

Limbless Association. The Limbless Association is the leading UK charity for people with limb loss.

Muscular Dystrophy UK. Muscular Dystrophy UK (previously known as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) is the charity bringing individuals, families and professionals together to beat muscle-wasting conditions.

Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is an organisation dedicated to research, grants and campaigns for change regarding MS. It also provides information and support and lends a listening ear to those who need it.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. This charity is set up to provide information and support for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), their families, friends and carers, as well as health professionals with an interest in RA.

Shine. Shine is a registered charity that was formed to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). SIA is a national charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people.

Stroke Association. The Stroke Association works to prevent strokes and achieve life after stroke through providing services, campaigning, education and research.

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