Am I eligible?

Karens Big Smiles provides Grants for 18 to 40 year olds living with a life -limiting condition in Bucks, Berks and Oxon.

To be eligible for a "Big Smile" you must be:

  • aged between 18 and 40 (inclusive, on the date we receive your completed application form)
  • be resident in Bucks, Berks or Oxon
  • be receiving treatment for a life-threatening(*) illness on the date of application

This includes, but is not limited to, cancer, MS, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.

NB: * Life threatening may include:

  • receiving active treatment on the date your application is received by Karen's Big Smiles Charity Trust
  • palliative care
  • terminal prognosis
  • muscle-wasting diseases
  • diseases of the nervous system
  • auto-immune disorders
  • neurological conditions
  • chronic organ-specific conditions
  • undertaking active treatment for a curative condition.  (Please note that active treatment excludes maintenance therapy.)

If y ou are unsure if you are eligible for a grant or would like to discuss an application, please Contact Us

Please Note: Whilst we will always strive to fulfil the request of every eligible applicant, the number of grants we are able to provide at any time is limited. Therefore eligibility does not guarantee that we will be able to arrange a grant.

Each application will be assessed on its own merit.  Eligibility for charity support will be determined regardless of race, gender, colour, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.