Alice and her family supported by volunteers created this charity to help other children with life threatening conditions.
The charity organises a free holidays with activities for the children and their immediate family through the generosity of local businesses and fundraising.
All applications must be supported by the child's Consultant or specialist.
To apply: download an application form which also contains further information on eligibility.
The Birchington Convalescent Fund provides holiday funding for children under 18 years recovering from illness or suffering from a long term illness.
The grants help the child and their family to take a holiday (in the UK) that they would not be able to afford without the grant.
To apply: download an application form and send to The Church Society,Dean Wace House, 16 Rosslyn Road, Watford, Herts, WD18 ONY.
Supporting evidence from a recognised professional such as a doctor or social worker will be required.
The Church Society considers applications three times a year in February, April and June.
Camp Quality UK provides holidays for children aged 5 to 16 years with life threatening conditions.
The holidays are held at activity venues around the UK for up to 30 children at a time. They are an opportunity for the children to feel free of any constraints they may feel because of their illness.
The child's sibling(s) may also be able to attend.
To apply for a holiday complete the on-line application form.
Diabetes UK runs one week support holidays for children with diabetes aged 7 to 18 years during the summer holidays. They are grouped with other young people of a similar age.
The trips are activity based and provide a unique opportunity for the children to learn more about their condition. Priority is given to children and young people who have not attended in the past or have not attended for 3 years.
Bursary funding from Diabetes UK may be available especially if you are unable to obtain funding from other sources such as the local branch of Diabetes UK or your local authority.
Click here for the application form.
Diabetes UK also run family and children's support weekends.
Donna's Dream House provides free family holidays for children and teenagers with life threatening illnesses and recently bereaved siblins and families.
The house in the centre of Blackpool has four family apartments with themed rooms and a garden area. The themed rooms designed to provide escapism from the sterile hospital environment aim to encourage fun, laughter and life.
The house also contains a Teen centre for young people aged 14 to 24 years suffering from serious illness with all the lastest technology.
To nominate a family download the appropriate Nomination Form.
The Family Holiday Association helps disadvantaged children and their families with a family break in the UK.
The holidays provided are usually in UK holiday parks such as Haven or Butlins. This will includes free accommodation linen rental, entertainment passes, and holiday insurance. The FHA may also make a contribution towards holiday expenses.
Applications are only accepted from a welfare agent such as a social worker, health visitor or teacher who must apply on the family's behalf.
Early application is recommended due to high demand.
The Happy Days Charity funds and organises holidays, residential trips, days out and theatre trips for children and young people aged 3 to 17 years with learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities.
They also support other disadvantaged young people including young carers of parents or siblings.
Applications for days out and theatre trips may be made for individuals and groups. Families may apply for funding towards a one week holiday in the UK.
Financial details and a supporting letter from a suitable professional are required.
To apply download the appropriate application form and return direct to the charity.
The HCPT Trust organises pilgrimage trips for children each Easter to Lourdes in the French Pyrenees.
It takes about 2,000 children with disabilities, social or emotional needs who are supported by volunteer helpers. They do not need to belong to a religious group or come from a religious background.
Volunteer doctors, nurses and chaplins provide specialist support. All volunteers are checked with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
The one week pilgrimage is provided free with full care and food. Groups will visit a selection of Lourdes attractions including the Grotto of Lourdes.
Accomodation is provided at Hosanna House with adapted access and bathroom facilities.
Children should apply using the prospective application form to register interest. There is a separate application form for volunteer helpers.
The Kensington Foundation's Daisy Chain Project offers respite breaks in Blackpool for families caring for a sick or disabled child, families with limited means and families rebuilding their lives after the loss of a child.
The modern accomodation is rent free with a £85 booking fee per familiy.
To apply contact The Project Director, The Daisy Chain Project, Kensington Foundation, Resource Centre, The Lodge, 216 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire FY3 9JL Telephone 01253 761444 or email: email@example.com
The National Holiday Fund provides supported holidays to Orlando in Florida for chronically and teminally ill or disabled children and young people aged 8 to 18 years.
The organisation takes groups of 12 children with the support of a doctor, physiotherapist and senior nurse. Each child has their own carer.
To apply either download the application form or complete the on-line form.
The Newman Holiday Trust provides summer holidays to children with special needs aged 5 to 16 years.
It is able to take away 120 children with a ratio of one to one care each year to a variety of UK locations.
As the Trust receives a high number of applicants with physical and learning difficulties it selects the children who would benefit the most from the holiday.
The selection criteria is based on:
To recommend a child for a holiday complete the on-line Referral form.
Sebastian's Action Trust provides respite holiday in the Hampshire countryside to families with a child or young person with a life threatening or life limiting medical conditions.
Bluebell House is a purpose build holiday home with 2 four bedded apartments sleeping up to 8 people. It also has a number of shared facilities including a hydrotherapy swimming pool, games room, multi sensory room, music and art room.
Applicants should contact the House Manager, Lauren Walters either by email: Bluebells@sebastianactiontrust.org or telephone: 01256 391854
An application form can be downloaded from the website. Confirmation of medical condition will be required.
Trefoil offer holiday grants to young people under 18 years to enable them to take part in an recreational activity or holiday that would not have been possible without the grant.
They also provide personal development grants to young people under 25 years.
To apply download an application form from the website. Two references are required to support your application.
Trewan Sands is a UK Charity that provide holidays low income families with a disabled child under 18 years.
It is able to offer:
To apply: download an application form. Applicants must be in receipt of certain benefits and be supported by a referring agent.
Holidays are given on a first come first served basis and are dependant on funding.
The Youth Cancer Trust provides free fun activity holidays at their centre in Bournemouth for young people aged 14 to 30 years with cancer or other malignant diseases. It is also available for those in remission or living with the effects of cancer.
The holidays take place in small groups of 8 which can be a friendship group from hospital or alternatively the young person may bring a sibling or friend who will also attend for free.
Holidays take place throughout the year and run from Monday to Friday. To book a place either download an application form or apply for an information pack.
The following children's charities also provide grants for holidays for disabled children:
Cerebra (Holiday home)
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