Roald Dahl's Marvellous Childrens Charity

Marvellous FAQ's

Answers to some of your frequently asked questions about Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Guidance for our supporters during COVID-19

Do you still need donations?
Yes, in these uncertain times your support is more important than ever. No matter what happens over the coming months, the need for seriously ill children’s care and support won’t go away. More than ever our communities must rally together to support the most vulnerable and most affected by this situation.
We rely on donations from our everybody – businesses, community groups and people like you to continue caring. Please support in any way you can. 

I want to help Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, what can I do?
In this time of uncertainty, your support is needed more than ever. There are lots of ways that you can continue to support us from your home, regardless of the changes Coronavirus poses to everyday life, including:

Give a donation
Set up a monthly gift

I’m organising a fundraising event for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, what should I do?
This is a constantly evolving situation, so our advice would be to follow the latest advice from the Government. If you need any support please contact our Supporter Care team at or call 01494 890465.

I’ve signed up to a public event for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity (e.g. London Marathon, RideLondon) what will happen to that event?
Our advice is to follow the advice the event organisers give to participants. They will themselves make decisions based on Government advice.

Thank you for continuing to support us during this uncertain time. 


What does the charity do?

We provide specialist nurses and family support for seriously ill children in the UK.  We focus on providing the best possible healthcare for these children and their families.  You can find out all about our Roald Dahl nurses here and visit our Family Grants section for more information.  

What's is got to do with Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl's most loved children's stories follow the tales of plucky children like Matilda and Charlie Bucket battling their circumstances with bravery and a bit of mischief.  From Miss Honey to Willy Wonka, there is always a friendly grown up to stand up for the child when no one else will.  The children we help are battling serious illness, and often associated family and financial difficulties, but our Roald Dahl nurses are there to champion and support them to live the best life possible, no matter how serious their illness or how short their life may be.

The charity was founded in 1991 by Roald Dahl's widow Felicity, and continues to honour Roald Dahl in its commitment to supporting children across the UK.  Find out more about our Marvellous history here.

Does Roald Dahl's family support the charity?

Yes.  The Roald Dahl Story Company believes in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to its charity partners, including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

*All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions.

How are you funded?

We do not receive any government funding.  In addition to the contribution of the Dahl famiy, we also generate funds through a variety of fundraising activities, including our Roald Dahl Dress Up Day annual schools fundraising event, Corporate Partnerships with a variety of companies, and a huge amount of support from community groups and individuals baking cakes, running marathons and making small regular donations.  

Are you the Roald Dahl Foundation?

When the charity was founded in 1991 it was called the Roald Dahl Foundation.  In 2010 the charity was renamed to become Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.