Apply for Assistance

React helps families caring for a child with an illness which is life-threatening or has the potential to shorten their lifespan. Our purpose is to provide assistance in situations where none is available elsewhere.

We’ve tried to make applying as simple as possible. This is how it works:

Step One – Request an Application Form

To obtain an Application Form either…

  1. Download it here and print out
  2. Ask a healthcare professional who assists with your child’s care if they have one
  3. Contact us on 0208 940 2575 or email to receive one by post

Information for Applicants

The Information for Applicants leaflet will give you more advice on completing the form. Download it here, ask a medical or healthcare professional who assists with your child’s care or call us on 020 8940 2575.

Step Two – Fill In The Details

Complete the first two pages of the form, telling us exactly what you need. We are here for ‘basic, essential needs’, such as;

  • Specialist Medical Equipment (unavailable through your local health authority)
  • Educational or Sensory Equipment (to aid your child’s development)
  • Mobility Equipment (to assist your child’s physical development)

React also considers requests for basic, essential homecare items, travel and subsistence costs and end of life costs. React families are given the opportunity to take a one week respite break a year at one of five mobile homes across four different UK locations.

Step Three – Complete & Return

Ask a qualified medical or healthcare worker to complete and sign the endorsement section of the form. Please make sure they specifically state why they believe the item(s) will be of benefit. Send us the form with any relevant letters or quotes.

React is sensitive to urgent requests and responds to all applications within 48 hours

If you would like to talk to a Family Liaison Officer about your application please call us on 0208 940 2575

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