Who we are

Who we are

The Foundation was formed in memory of Tony Barnard, a very successful businessman who suffered a massive brain trauma and adapted to life as a disabled man for over twenty years. He endured several months of total blindness and learned how to cope in his dark world. This equipped him with the strategies to face life. Having lost the use of 50% of his body Tony never allowed the disability to constrain his desire to continue to network and support, encourage and help others

Who will benefit?

TBF exists to benefit children and adults who have suffered brain traumas through birth, injury, accident, virus or strokes. We will also support those born with a genetic disability leading to learning disabilities to be more independent and to have the opportunity to participate in the community in which they live. The foundation raises funds that can be distributed to open doors for some and take the pressure off others. None of the money raised will go to employ people.

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Opportunities for all

Tony often made friends of those who found friendship a struggle. He understood what it was to have your confidence shattered and your world shrink through trauma. It is therefore a fitting way to remember Tony by seeking ways to encourage and support those who otherwise would struggle with developing their life skills. We seek to open doors for those with learning doifficulties, who may have had their opportunities to develop or enhance their life skills through lack of funds. We seek to enshrine Tony's 'can do' approach in our work and activities.

The Trustees

Mark Barnard

Together with his wife Jenny, Mark formed the Foundation in memory of his father Tony. Later they successfully applied for charitable status.

Jenny Barnard-Langston

Former Brighton & Hove City Mayor, Jenny has supported people with learning disabilities for many years. The charity is a natural development of the work she has done in the community.

Sharon McDonnell

Sharon, a mother of two and a local businesswoman, is an active supporter of local charities. She brings enthusiasm, energy and ideas to the Board of Trustees.

Chris Bland

Chris is Deputy Director of the Grace Eyre Foundation for people with learning disabilities. Chris offers professional insight to the Board of Trustees.

Vince Petrarca

A local businessman, Vince is Chairman of the Trustees. He has spent time as a governor of a local 6th Form college and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Trustees.

Stephen Spencer

Stephen works in IT and new technologies. He has experience working as a volunteer with children with disabilities.

Toni Tringham

Toni is an enthusiastic supporter of the Tony Barnard Foundation. When she is not investing her energies into the Charity she manages people in the workplace. Toni is a lifelong Chelsea supporter and she is also an accomplished train driver.

How to help

There are various ways in which you can get involved and help to raise funds for our work

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  • TBF will be paid £3 per kg for used stamps. This seems like a lot of stamps but if as many as possible participate the stamps will soon mount up! We are giving you the opportunity to recycle your used stamps for cash to benefit the charity. Just tear off the stamp from the envelope — no need to trim — and place them in an envelope/bag for ius. just a few seconds of your time

Our Work

Some examples of the work that the Foundation has done recently

Photo of Malachi with his wheelchair buggy

Malachi enjoys family adventures in his chariot!

Malachi’s parents approached TBF for funding to enable Malachi to share the family outdoor adventures. “Thank you so much for your help to purchase the beach wheelchair, it has completely changed our lives as a family. We call it the chariot! So far there is nowhere we haven’t been able to go. We have enjoyed adventures to the beach, through the snow, up hills, in woods and the muddiest walk ever! These are things that we thought we would never be able to do again – the wheelchair is a real blessing.” Jenny Barnard-Langston, Chair of TBF Trustees said, “ we are a small charity, reliant totally on the fundraising efforts of our supporters. The freedom that Malachi now has to join in with the family outdoor adventures is a great example of enhancing the quality of life to the whole family.” A huge thank you to our supporters for making this possible for Malachi and his family.


Parents and carers have got together to provide a weekly Lego club for autistic children. The club offers a safe place for the children to socialise without pressure, a place to be understood, accepted and to make friends. The club applied to TBF for a donation toward Lego mini figures. A Lego voucher provided the children with the opportunity to have a range of Lego for their club, they are pictured enjoying putting the pieces together!

NUTS Challenge

TBF supporters get behind their marathon man

Kevin Gardner trained hard to run his very first Marathon to raise funds for children and adults with learning difficulties. Kevin fitted his training in between his job as a mechanic and his duties as husband and father! TBF Trustees hosted a curry night to honour Kevin and to present him with the TBF charity fundraising award. Kevin, joined by his wife and parents commented “It was very hard work but it was a personal achievement that brought the added benefit of raising funds for TBF.” We are all very proud of you Kevin!

Power for Chloe!

Chloe was born with cerebral palsy. As she has grown, her family have found it increasingly difficult to push her around in her chair. Her parents successfully applied to TBF for funds to purchase a powered wheelchair for Chloe.

Brighton Pebbles holiday

Brighton Pebbles is a small parent led community group for disabled children and their families. Most of the children have severe or profound learning difficulties, autism and associated challenging behavior, requiring 1:1 full-time care. TBF provided funds for the Brighton Pebbles families to take a holiday to Malta

Danni's garden

TBF raised £8,000 for Danni, who has cerebral palsy, to have her family's garden redesigned to meet her needs and allow her the freedom to access it safely.

Contact Us

If you are interested in our work or in helping us, please get in touch