How to help

We are a very small charity and we always appreciate help from families, companies, health care professionals and others. Here are some examples of things you can do to help the DFSG:


We are always very grateful to people who nominate us as their chosen charity when taking part in any sporting event or challenge. One of our major sources of income is the London Marathon; if you would like to run for us please do get in touch. If you are a keen cyclist, we can also offer you a place in the Prudential RideLondon.

Captain Tom 100

2021 has been a challenge for DFSG and like other small charities we are trying to raise money in many ways. Linking into Just Giving and Captain Tom 100 is a way in which anyone can get involved and raise money. It can be very small – the young men and girls could get involved? Who can be the most creative? Bake 100 cakes? Walk 100 steps? 100 laps round the garden in your wheelchair? Whatever takes your fancy, we would be grateful for any money raised. 

London Marathon

It’s all systems go (at the moment, anyway…) for the London Marathon to go ahead this October. This year will see the biggest number of participants ever because the organisers are holding a virtual Marathon alongside the actual Marathon. They are expecting 100,000 people to take part. This event is the DFSG’s biggest fundraiser and, along with many other charities, we really missed it last year. We hope to make up for lost ground, and more, this year. We have places available in both the actual and the virtual races. We will pay your entry fee, provide help with fundraising ideas and give you a running vest. If you have been feeling cooped up over the last few months this is a great opportunity to get outdoors, get fit and get raising much needed funds for the DFSG! 

For further information please contact  Ann Patterson on 07796 134159 or email:

If you prefer a less energetic approach, you can shop online via ‘Give as You Live’ or ‘Amazon Smile’ and the DFSG will receive a commission. If you would like to organise your own event, such as a quiz night, cake sale or coffee morning, please get in touch and we will be happy to support you.


We are always very grateful to receive any donations. These can be either as a one-off or a regular standing order. Make a donation via PayPal.

Organise a day out for families

We actively encourage families to organise days out in their local area. To help you do this, we have set out some tips for you here.

Write for the newsletter

Our families love to hear what others have been up to, whether your story is inspiring, helpful or will just raise a smile!

If you would like to share a story, photo, article or some information, our newsletter editor, Sue Berry, would love to hear from you.

Families and interested professionals can also sign up to receive our newsletter.

If you would like to know more about any of these options, or you have an idea of your own to help support the DFSG, please contact us.