The trust was established in 1949 by two remarkable women, Miss Douglas and Miss Hay, who until the start of the National Health Service, worked in a private care home for severely disabled children. The home became an NHS residential care home in 1948 and with the severance pay they received they set up the Douglas Hay Trust to help provide support for physically disabled children, recognising that there were things that would enhance the lives of children that the state or the parents would not be able to pay for.
Since then the Trust has supported disabled children and their families with a wide range of funding from specialist clothing and shoes, short breaks, therapies out-with the NHS provision and even driving lessons.
As well as Trustees, the Trust has a Ladies committee. The committee members are active members of the community, who care passionately about the welfare of children who have additional support needs.
With regard to personal information, the Douglas Hay Trust will only ask for information that is necessary and not excessive or irrelevant. This information will be held securely and no one other than the Douglas Hay Trustees and the secretary will have access to it. Information will not be shared with third parties. Personal information will be held for only as long as is necessary in accordance with statutory data protection and financial guidelines.