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Thalidomide Trust

Address: 1 Eaton Court Road, Colmworth Business Park, Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8ER
Tel: 01480 474 074


Organisation dedicated to provide relief and assistance for people damaged by the drug Thalidomide.

Aims: The aim of the Trust is to provide relief and assistance for those people born, in the United Kingdom, damaged as a result of their mothers having taken the drug Thalidomide (as manufactured by Distillers Biochemicals Ltd.) during their pregnancy.


  • The founding staff of the Trust spent a lot of time visiting families, and realised that much could be done to assist family life. Cars, home adaptations, caravans for holidays, grants for clothing all became part of the normal work of the Trust.
  • The Trust supported research and development work into equipment such as typewriters that could be used by children, and in consequence many of them developed keyboard skills and a familiarity with technology that stands them in good stead today.
  • The work on providing the children with cars adapted for them to drive themselves has resulted in many with very high levels of disability being able to be independently mobile, and also paved the way for the highly successful Motability Scheme, which now helps tens of thousands of disabled drivers every year.
  • A small hotel, Haighmoor House, was purchased on Jersey, and adapted for disabled residents. Here, many children had their first proper holidays.
  • More important, they meet others with the same problems as themselves, and they learnt a lot from each other about how to cope with their conditions.
  • The Trust has also worked closely with the various families and institutions caring for beneficiaries who have not and never will be, able to do this.




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