Our Story

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Sweetpea Charity was founded by the parents of Milly in 2009. Milly was brain damaged at birth and as a result was profoundly disabled.

Following Milly’s death, aged nine in 2008, her parents set up The Sweetpea Charitable Trust (working name Sweetpea Charity) to relieve sickness and preserve and protect the good health of children up to 18 years of age living in the United Kingdom. To ensure that children in similar situations to Milly could be supported and enabled to live life to the best of their abilities. To ensure that children were able to thrive and be happy. Every child deserves happiness.

Sweetpea Charity continues to ensure that Milly’s parents’ wishes are followed through the many projects we support both financially and through working in partnership to share expertise to support children in need.

  • We are here to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children living with disability, life limited medical conditions, parental substance misuse and domestic abuse, and neglect
  • Many of the children are experiencing severe poverty and disadvantage – which is hugely damaging to the child and their future
  • Some of the children are in desperate need of equipment such as specialised wheelchairs

Sweetpea Charity has moved from being an investment income based grant giving charitable trust, to becoming a fundraising charity. This will ensure more funds will be available to support more children in the long term. And also complements the original aspirations of the charity in supporting more children, and families, in the long term.

Our vision is that all children living with disability and disadvantage are cared for and nurtured to allow them to thrive and grow. To enjoy positive experiences and to achieve their potential.

It is Sweetpea Charity’s mission to ensure that:

  • Children have the support and equipment they need – when they need it, and in the way that is most appropriate and accessible to them
  • Cycles of abuse and neglect are prevented
  • Children are nurtured and cared for to allow them to thrive and grow and enjoy their lives to the very best of their own ability
  • Children are enabled to pursue their ambitions and dreams
  • Children are enabled to reach their optimum potential and achieve, and can both partake in, enjoy and give back to society
  • Children enjoy the happiness they deserve