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Margaret Champney Rest and Holiday Fund

The Holiday Fund provides small grants to carers to enable them to have a complete break from their caring role while the person they care for is receiving respite.

Applications for grants may only be made by a suitable professional such as a social worker or community nurse on the carer behalf.

Further details may be obtained from The Ogilvie Trust who administer the Fund at The Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4JJ, telephone: 01394 388746 or e-mail: ogilviecharities@btconnect.com


The Respite Association

The Respite Association provides funding for short term respite care for carers of the disabled, sick, elderly or terminally ill.

Funding to allow the carer to have a break can vary in amounts up to an average of £400. Breaks can be for a few hours each week to time away from home. Care can take place in the person's home or in a residential care centre.

Although most applicants are referred direct by disability or care organisations individuals may apply direct using the downloadable forms on their website.

It also has two caravans available for carers to have free respite break without the person they care for.  

The caravans are not adapted. Download an application form to apply.


See also:

Clevedon Forbes Fund

Engage Mutual (customers only)

SSAFA Adventure Holidays (young carers)

Other Holidays for Carers

Carers Holidays

The Carers’ Support Centre is currently taking bookings for holidays in their luxury static caravans on the edge of the Cotswolds.

The holidays are provided by The Carers’ Support Centre Bristol and South Gloucestershire ánd are designed for carers and their families

It is open to anyone in the UK  but priority is given to local residents in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

To be eligible for the discounted carers’ rate you must be a carer providing unpaid support to a family member or friend who could not manage without you.

There must be at least one carer per booking. You can book a carers’ holiday either with or without the person you care for.

Money generated through the holiday homes goes back to The Carers’ Support Centre - a charity that provides a range of services to carers.

The holiday homes are located at Hoburne Holiday Parks and offer a fantastic range of facilities, including heated indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and steam room, kids club, soft play, nature trail and a restaurant and bar.

Both sites also have an evening entertainments programme. Participation in all of the facilities is included in the price of your holiday.

There are two and three bedroom caravans which comfortably sleep either four or six people.  Larger parties may be accommodated - please check.

There are two wheelchair-friendly caravans. These feature a ramp for access, wide entrance and passage, flat sliding doors, bathroom grab handles, low threshold disabled shower with seat, and movable dining furniture.

Prices may vary but a one week carers holiday costs up to £235 less a commercial holiday company. 

To apply: contact The Carers’ Support Centre Tel: 0117 965 2365/0800 999 3365  Email: info@carersholidays.org.uk

Carers  Holidays also run a membership scheme (£12.50 a year for carers) that offering discounted holidays to carers.  These holidays are provided by independent providers across the UK


Please note: Carers Holidays do not provide grants

The Doris South Carers Haven

The Doris South Carers Haven in Seaton, South Devon is available for carers to use for a one week retreat.

The bungalow sleeps four people. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.

The rates range from £275 a week in low season to £600 a week in high season with a 20% discount for carers nationally and for family & friends of local residents.

A GP’s referral may be required. 

Further information and a booking form can be obtained from:

The Bungalow Manager, on 01297 553960 or email:  sr.shlof@gmail.com


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