Charity mission

Every seriously ill child has the best possible healthcare

Our Mission

Every seriously ill child has the best possible healthcare.

Our Vision

  1. Every seriously ill child has a specialist nurse. Every child with a serious illness in the UK should have access to the knowledge, skills and experience required to meet their healthcare needs, no matter where they live. That’s why we create and fund specialist nursing posts within the NHS across the UK.

  2. Every seriously ill child receives quality care. It is essential that children’s nurses across the UK are fully supported to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver the best care possible. That’s why we provide professional support to our Roald Dahl nurses[1] to enhance their skills and foster innovation to improve services for seriously ill children.


Overarching aims, 2017-2020

  1. Funding up to 15 new paediatric nursing posts across the UK covering areas of need, whilst supporting NHS Trusts to retain existing Roald Dahl posts.

  2. Ensuring Roald Dahl nurses are recognised as delivering a marvellous standard of care, whilst demonstrating leadership and innovation within the health and social care sector.

  3. Increasing awareness of the work of Roald Dahl nurses amongst both the general public and across the NHS.

  4. Creating an infrastructure to support Roald Dahl nurses across the UK, which will include professional training grants and the opportunity to request individual grants for families in their care.

  5. Leading partnerships, not just with the NHS, but with funders such as the Burdett Trust, St. James’s Place Foundation, other charities and any organisation working to improve the lives of seriously ill children.

  6. Promoting quality of care in transition from children’s to adults’ NHS services.

  7. Advocating innovation in paediatric care.

Dear Kids for Life,

Thank you so much for supporting Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. You may be interested to know that last year our lovely Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurses, based at hospitals all over the UK, helped over 10,000 seriously ill children, while our Marvellous Family Grants programme brought relief to families experiencing financial hardship while caring for a seriously ill child. This year we think we may have reached 12,000 seriously ill children!


This has only been possible thanks to the support of people like you, so thank you once again, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!