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Alice's Escapes

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

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 Office.

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

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 children are able to enjoy activities such as abseiling, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming and horse riding as well as less strenuous pursuits such as box games, crafts and entertainments.

The child's sibling(s) may also be able to attend.

To apply: complete the on-line application form


Donna's Dream House

Donna's Dream House provides free family holidays for children and teenagers with life threatening illnesses and recently bereaved siblings 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 latest technology.

To nominate a family download the appropriate nomination form.


The Family Holiday Association

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.


Happy Days

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.


HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust

The HCPT Trust organises pilgrimage trips for children each Easter and summer 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 chaplains provide specialist support.

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.

Accommodation is provided at Hosanna House with adapted access and bathroom facilities.


Kensington Foundation

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 accommodation is rent free with a £125 booking fee per family. This is non refundable.

There are ten apartments and each is based around a different theme.

The charity also has a canal boat with a wheelchair lift.  It is available for short breaks and can accommodate eight people.

To apply: email: kentrust1@hotmail.com


The Mothers' Union

The Mothers' Union holiday scheme "Away From It All" is primarily funded by Mothers' Union members to help with the part cost of a holiday or travel expenses to enable families in need of a holiday spend time together.

The holidays vary from organised holidays to mobile homes and day trips.

The applicant does not have to be a member of the Mothers' Union or a church but will have to be nominated (or application supported) by a recognised professional, such as vicar, teacher or social worker.

To find out more information use the on line Contact form on the Mothers' Union website.


National Holiday Fund

The National Holiday Fund provides supported holidays to Orlando in Florida for chronically and terminally 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: download an application form.


The Newman Holiday Trust

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:

  • The child’s individual needs
  • The Trusts ability to provide a suitable carer
  • The parents or guardians circumstances

To recommend a child for a holiday complete the on-line referral form.


Scripture Union Holidays

The Scripture Union offer a small range of holidays for children with special needs.

The camps provide the opportunity to try outdoor activities, make new friends and to learn about God through Bible stories in a multi sensory way.

The Scripture Union is able to help with financial support through the David Chilcott Fund.  Grants average at about £50 per child.

To apply: complete the online booking form.  For a grant download an application form from www.dcfund.co.uk and indicate on our online booking form that you are applying for a grant.


Sebastian's Action Trust

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.

Holiday cost £100 and generally run from Friday to the following Tuesday.

To apply: Complete the expression of interest form.


SSAFA Adventure Holidays

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provide new experiences and holidays for children and young people from services families.

It runs short break holidays for children and young people aged 8 to 16 years. The exact criteria for 2016 are not available but from the introductory video the priority seems to be siblings and young carers.

All children applying must be descendants of current serving regular or reserve military personnel.

The full costs of the holidays are covered by the SSAFA.


Find out more about SSAFA Adventure Holidays from the video below: 


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.

Applications for holidays in 2016 will not be considered until January 2016.


Trewan Sands Children's Trust

Trewan Sands is a UK Charity that provides holidays low income families with a disabled child under 18 years.

It is able to offer:

  • Haven holidays at 35 sites across the UK in fully equipped disabled holiday homes.
  • Family breaks of 3/4 nights on a narrow boat on the Lancaster Canal
  • Accomodation at the Daisy Chair Project

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 dependent on funding.


YHA Breaks for Kids

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) charitable fund "Breaks for Kids" helps children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds take part in school or community group trips.

Applications for the grant should be made by the teacher or the group leader once they have made a provisional booking with a Youth Hostel in England or Wales.  

The bursaries (up to 50% support)  are available to children whose families receive income support or housing benefit and free school meals.  The children must be resident in England or Wales.


Youth Cancer Trust

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.

Applicants may from anywhere in the UK and the Irish Republic, or who are patients of any UK hospital.

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.


Find out more about the Youth Cancer Trust Holidays from the video below: 

The following children's charities also provide grants for holidays for disabled children (and their families):

The Adamson Trust (Scotland only)

Cerebra (Holiday home)

The Children's Hope Foundation (Caravan in East Sussex)

Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund 

Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund (Wales Only)

Lennox Children's Cancer Fund

And for groups of children....

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children

See also:

Dreams and Wishes for Disabled Children

Check out the other pages…….

Holiday Grants for Disabled Children and Adults

Holiday Grants for Carers

Supported Holidays for the Disabled

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Travel and Adventure Grants

Other Holiday Funds and Holidays for the Disabled

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Holiday Caravans for the Disabled

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