Skiggle

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Skiggle is a unique charity and community, which exists to provide help and support to disabled people, their families, and carers across the UK.

With Skiggle, life always comes before the disability.Skiggle is a growing UK disability charity, which runs a unique SOS emergency alert service, facilitates an online marketplace, and runs a forum to support people across the disabled world. Our 7,000-strong network of members steps up to help each other in times of need by answering SOS alerts and collectively working as a rescue service for the disabled world.

If you’re miles away from home and your disabled child’s feeding tube breaks or a global pandemic affects your usual supply of equipment or care products, just send a completely free of charge SOS, and Skiggle will help find someone nearby to come to your aid.

Our aim is to grow the charity to such a point that, wherever you may be in the country, help will never be any more than 10 miles away.

We also facilitate an online marketplace where hundreds of unopened pieces of equipment and various care products, can be safely donated, distributed, and shared among those in need.

Not only does this give people somewhere to turn if they need sealed feed items, specialist disability equipment, or care consumables, it also helps cut down some of the huge amounts of plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.

As a charity run solely by our two co-founders, Christine Singleton and Helen Taylor, we rely on generous donations and fundraising efforts to meet the annual running costs of providing a completely free SOS service and to secure the future of a unique charity for those who need it most.

Skiggle is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

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Registered Charity Number : 1185108

We have already had members successfully helped via the SOS service, and others sign up as they feel that it eases the fear of going away on holiday and finding themselves without support:

“Just signed up, it’s good to know that if we need an emergency mini button, pads, syringes etc I can call on parents/carers in the same situation”
(April 2018)

“Amazing site! I had an error on my sons feed pipe and no spare. Within an hour of signing up to skiggle I had been given some, by a kind lady who lived in the area I was visiting. Highly recommend and will look forward to passing the kindness on in the future.”
(December 2017)

Skiggle’s Story:

Skiggle was founded by Christine: a busy mum of three children, the eldest of whom is profoundly disabled, and who is the inspiration behind the creation of Skiggle.

In her own words: “the story began when our family went on holiday for a few days. After packing the normal things that every family needs – clothes, food, and the buckets & spades – and then everything that our young man needed, including medication, continence products, syringes, breathing equipment, slings, portable hoist, indoor supported seat, tracheostomy, splints, the normal ton of extra clothes for the inevitable mishaps and the kitchen sink – we set off for our few days away.

We were having a brilliant time, but suddenly I realised that I had forgotten to pack a box of milk feed; feed that our son is reliant upon and imminently needed. What do we do now? I rang the out-of-hours doctor who assured me that she would be able to get me the feed we needed. However, three hours later she informed me that she had been unsuccessful and that our “only option was to either drive home or put our son into a regional children’s hospital!” So, as to avoid unnecessary risk of infection, we felt our only option was for one of us to leave our family and drive home.

This experience gave my husband and me reason for thought; if only there was a warehouse that stored everything you could possibly need, open and accessible any time of the day or night. But where would this be located, as no one location would be suitable for all?

Then, we had a light bulb moment… many of the people who have additional needs have a ‘warehouse’ at home whether it’s in the garage, shed or a spare room. Someone somewhere could have almost certainly helped us, they could have lent us some feed to tide us over, and we could someday have returned the favour.

Skiggle is about sharing in times of need.

ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER! The idea of Skiggle’s SOS service is that everyone signs up to helping someone in need for no other reason than it is the right thing to do.Clearly we are not expecting anyone to try and profit from the provision of this service.

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