Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was set up in memory of the author by his wife, Felicity after his death. She was inspired by the numbers of thank you letters she discovered in a drawer in her late husband’s writing hut. The letters came from parents who appreciated his work, thanking Roald Dahl for paying for their child’s medical support, or for funding the travel costs to hospital.

Roald Dahl believed in the importance of children and in helping them overcome life’s toughest challenges. He saw the inner strength and bravery in every child, especially if they are seriously ill. Roald Dahl Marvellous Children Charity continues this legacy, helping to provide these children and young people, who have incurable illnesses, with the complex care they and their families so desperately need.

The charity finds creative ways to support these children and strives for a world where their voices are heard. By funding specialist children’s nurses across the UK, children and families receive the vital support and care they need. These nurses are specially trained to help meet their emotional and physical needs, helping to ensure they live the best possible life.

‘He held nurses in the highest regard’, Felicity remembers. ‘He realised that, while the skill and knowledge of doctors are essential for people to recover, the care and kindness of nurses are equally important. He was fascinated by the medical world and would have been a doctor if he had not been a writer.’

How donations make an impact…

£15 provides a sensory toy to help a child with complex needs to express themselves.

£30 provides an hour of care from a Roald Dahl specialist Nurse.

£50 will pay for a session for a seriously ill child with a Roald Dahl play specialist, reducing anxiety and improving mental wellbeing.

£225 funds a day of care from a specialist Roald Dahl Nurse.

You might not know this...

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded by Roald Dahl’s wife Felicity.

There are 73 Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses, 2 Occupational Therapists, 1 Play Specialist located across the UK

The charity’s aim is to ensure that all seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need, so that every seriously ill child has access to a Roald Dahl Nurse.

Roald Dahl nurses care for in excess of 21,000 seriously ill children and their families at any one time.

Important dates for the calendar

26th March 2020 - Purple Day (International Epilepsy Day)

29th February 2020 - Rare Disease Day

19th June 2020 - World Sickle Cell Day

12th August 2020 - International Youth Day

13th September 2020 - Roald Dahl Day

How to go the extra mile!

There are a wide range of ways to show your support. You can take part in a sporting and challenge events in your area or host a community activity or event. This is your chance to get creative and unique.For example, 10 year old Bonnie from Scunthorpe decided to help seriously ill children by doing a sponsored 10 mile cycle ride in Clumber Park, Worksop. Whereas, Fiona has been encouraging colleagues at her law firm in London to donate generously by holding a bake sale!


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