|The Little Foundation|
|Type||Registered charity No. 803551|
|Staff||Lord Walton of
Lord Hameed, of Hampstead, President and Christopher Robinson, Chairman
|Focus||"To reduce the toll of brain damage occurring before and at birth"|
|Method||Research funding, Public policy, and Education.|
The Little Foundation is a London based charity operating internationally.
Named in honour of William Little, the English surgeon who described what became known as 'Little's disease', a spastic paralysis of both lower limbs which then became known as infantile cerebral palsy. The charity, founded in 1990 by the late Ian Dawson-Shepherd, initially focussed on funding research into the causes of cerebral palsy but now has broader objectives seeking to fund research into not only the causes and prevention of cerebral palsy but also allied disorders which include autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, deafness and blindness, learning difficulties, and other forms of neurodevelopmental disorder.
On 4 November 2009, Lord Hameed, the charity's president, tabled a motion in the House of Lords asking the Government what measures have been taken to prevent cerebral palsy which now costs the NHS £4 billion every year.
The charity's most recent research projects include: