THREE charity workers are hoping to fill a gap in help for people with neurological degenerative conditions and their carers.

Lynne Noble, Michael Hutchinson and Beverley Kilner have launched a charity which is designed to support people aged over 18 living with a complex neurological degenerative disorder.

They say support is available for those under 18, but it tapers out as people get older.

But they say that the carers also get older – and the need for help often becomes greater.

So they’ve launched the Kingdom Foundation to fill that gap and they aim to provide specially adapted accommodation for families who are currently living in unsuitable accommodation.

Lynne Noble, a former care worker of Honley, the charity’s chair, said: “There is a lot of support available to people up to the age of 18, but when they become adults the same level of help isn’t there.

“As the person with complex neurological needs gets older, so too does their parent or carer and it becomes harder to care for them to provide for all their needs.

“There’s a gap and we’re hoping to fill it.”

Lynne said she’d met a couple on holiday recently who were in their 80s and caring for a daughter aged 59 – they got just 20 minutes of respite a week.

“Their daughter was totally reliant on her parents for care and that can be stressful,” Lynne adds.

“I’ve worked with lots of families who may be able to get £50 from a charity for a handrail on the stairs, but the house isn’t compatible for a wheelchair so they struggle.

“Or there is no downstairs toilet and by the time they carry the dependent upstairs it’s too late.

“It can add so much stress to the carer’s lives.

“I don’t doubt the local authorities do their best, I’m sure of that, but there are gaps in what they can do.

“It’s a big project, that I am certain of, but we are going to do all we can to make a difference where it’s really needed.”

The trio are focusing their work in the Honley area and have several fundraising events planned – the first, this Sunday, is a garden party at 1 Long Lane, Honley. Tickets are available from Lynne Noble’s house or from Taylor’s Foodstore in Honley.

Prof Clive Elmsley, a historian and author, will officially open the garden party and there will be raffles and tombolas, with prizes including a two night stay at Abbot Hall. The event runs from 1pm-4.30pm Tickets are £3 per person or £10 for a family ticket.

Then on Sunday, July 22, there will be a sponsored walk. Visit for more details.