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Disabled Children and Adults
The 3H Fund provides grants to help physically and mentally disabled people, their families and carers to have a holiday in the UK.
Grants are usually between £150 to £400.
To apply you must be on low income and be a UK resident.
Evidence of disability and low income will be required from an appropriate professional.
The Fund also runs a subsidised group holiday programme for the physically disabled with volunteer helpers to enable carers to have respite.
Blitz holiday funding runs alongside the Bond Holiday Group who provide specialised holidays for people with disabilities.
They provide funding to subsidise short breaks in Blackpool and St Annes for those living with a disability.
To apply: Call 01253 and request a Blitz Application Pack by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request an email version. Alternatively you can download an application form from the website.
Holidays are subsidised rather than paid outright to ensure that the donations benefit as many people as possible. The funding is only available for specific dates which are listed on the application form.
They also offer substantial contribution towards organised breaks for groups of 8 or more disabled people.
If a suitable break becomes available the company will contact you with the details. You then have 48 hours to make your decision until the offer is allocated to another applicant.
"It has been fantastic and the funding was sorted out VERY quickly for us. The staff were absolutely wonderful" (Care profesional who organised a Blitz holiday for a group of residents).
The Calvert Trust
The Calvert Trust has centres based on Exmoor, Keswick in the Lake District and at Keider Water in Northumberland. It specialises in providing outdoor activity holidays for people of all ages with physical, sensory, mental and learning difficulties.
Athough the cost of attending the centres is high due to the excellent adapted facilities and experienced instructors the Trust may be able to help with bursaries for both individuals and groups.
To obtain an application form for The Calvert Trust Bursary Scheme contact the Calvert Trust direct:
The Clevedon Forbes Fund provides grants for holidays and convelescent breaks to UK residents of limited following trauma or illness.
The Fund will also assist with breaks for carers.
Applications are by professional referral only. An application form may be downloaded from the website and must be completed by professional referee. It should then be posted to The Director, Mrs. Wendy Robinson, 4 Kenn Road, Clevedon BS21 6EL including any other useful information.
Grants are mainly awarded to individuals living in the South West.
The Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund (CFHF)
The CFHF provide holiday grants for children and young people under 25 years with Cystic Fibrosis.
Holidays can be varied from once in a life time round the world trips, Disney World, seaside and city breaks. They have even funded honeymoon grants!
Step by step instructions on how to make an application are provided on the website.
Grants usually range from between £200 to £500.
The Farrell Trust
The Farrell Trust supports disabled people by making a contribution towards a much needed day trip, holiday/short break or respite care for their carer.
Grant funding is given to those with physical or complex multiple disability who are on income support and DLA or in immediate and urgent need. Evidence of eligibility and a letter of support from an appropriate professional will be required.
To apply download an application form and criteria.
Due to the death of the founder applications for holiday grants must be made by 31st December 2015 as the Trust will be closing at the end of the year.
Harriet Davis Trust
The Harriet Davis Trust have four properties in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. They are for families with children but disabled adults may use a property if it is not required by families.
Three houses are adapted for wheelchair users and aids such as hoists are provided. Their latest house, "Caerwen" is adapted to provide a safe and secure environment for children with autism and other learning difficulties.
The holidays are offered at reasonable prices as they are charged at economic rather than commercial rates. The is also able to offer a limited number of grants to families in genuine financial need. An application form will need to be completed when making a provisional booking.
The houses do get booked up quickly for the school holidays.
To make a book contact Helen Lees Griffin by e-mail: email@example.com or telephone: 01834 845197
Maria Hanson Foundation (Me & Dee)
The Maria Hanson Foundation provides memorable seaside breaks to disabled children and adults with life threatening/shortening and terminal conditions.
The charity has two caravans:
- A six berth caravan at the Golden Sands Haven site in Mablethrope, Lincolnshire
- A four berth caravan at Whispering Waters Caravan site in Maplethorpe, Lincolnshire
The caravans are not wheelchair accessible. The charity has an accessible roomed hotel that they use for those with wheelchair accessible needs.
A beach hut is also provided for the duration of the holiday.
To apply: Download an application form. The form must be endorsed by a medical professional.
The Papworth Trust - Kerry Farm
The Papworth Trust is offering free respite holidays to the disabled and their families on Kerry Farm in Wales. They are able to offer this through a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The holidays last for one week and include a variety of activities for individuals and for family groups.
It has accessible accommodation and things to do at the farm and in the surrounding area.
Applications are accepted from families where one member has a disability. All members of the family must be UK residents and have not received funding for a holiday from another charity in the last 24 months.
Ron Scudamore Holiday Programme
The Ron Scudamore Holiday Programme is run by the British Polio Fellowship for individuals living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome(PPS).
Members of the Fellowship can apply for holiday grants every 2 years. Grants are usually about £300 up to a maximum of £500.
To request a holiday grant application form contact Roasalind Evans at The British Polio Fellowship or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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