Our Mission

The Cindy Appleyard Foundation provides small grants to families who have a child in a specialist hospital a long way from their home. The purpose of the grants is to help families meet costs such as temporary accommodation near their child, travelling to and from the hospital and taking time off work.

Our Story

Our Cindy

The Cindy Appleyard Foundation has been set up in memory of our daughter Cindy who died in February 2013 aged 10 months.

She was on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit waiting for a heart transplant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Cindy was eventually diagnosed with MTP (Mitochondrial Trifunctional Protein) Deficiency. It meant that her heart became unable to function without life support.

When Cindy became critically ill we had to re-locate immediately to Newcastle 150 miles from our home, so we could be close to Cindy all the time. We faced the possibility of being in Newcastle for many months.

We realised what it is like for families in our position who had to leave their homes, schools, jobs, friends and family behind with no notice to be near to their sick child.

We have set up The Cindy Appleyard Foundation to help support families during these immensely stressful times.

These small grants will help alleviate financial hardship faced by families with a sick child in hospital many miles from their home. They will help with, for example:

- Accommodation

- Travel Costs

- Daily Living Expenses

Families can apply for a small grant via a hospital representative. For more information, go to our Apply for a Grant page.

We will always welcome fundraising initiatives, please Contact Us.

Thank you for your support.