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The Tavistock Clinic Foundation, formed in 1982, works for the well- being of children. One in 10 people annually suffers from mental illness. Ill parents, however well- meaning, can damage children, who in turn pass on their damage to further generations. The foundation's research is aimed at finding out what produces the best social and emotional climate for the growth of children: its practical and therapeutic interventions put this into practice. Such work has produced radical changes in national policy: children's care in hospitals and long-stay institutions has been altered for the better by allowing parents more access to their children. The foundation needs to raise pounds 2.5m to build a new lecture hall; to start up major research projects in autism, mental illness, mental handicap, congenital blindness and disaster work; and to update its library facilities.

Mrs Jill Walker, The Tavistock Clinic Foundation, Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA, telephone 071-435 7111.

Pramacare provides care at home for disabled, sick and frail people of all ages living in south-east Dorset. Care attendants visit regularly to help with getting up, dressing, washing, eating and any other domestic tasks. The organisation has 60 attendants, provides 50,000 hours of care annually - to 360 people. Pramacare turns no one away and relies heavily on voluntary donations; it needs pounds 35,000 so that it can expand its work within Christchurch.

Pramacare, Forest Dene, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2JX, telephone 0202 476969.

Joanna Gibbon

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