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Disabled Children

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Alex Timpson Trust

The Alex Timpson Trust offer free holidays for foster families in holiday homes across the country.

The holiday homes have family friendly facilities and are well equipped.  It is not known whether they are wheelchair accessible.

Applications are made through nominations.  Nominate a Foster Family by applying through the website.

Nominations for 2022 are closed and they will start accepting applications for 2023 next year.

Ben Saunders Foundation

The Ben Saunders Foundation provides holidays for families with a young adult, children and bereaved families due to cancer in the UK.

It has three lodges based at Cotswold Hoburne in the Cotswolds for family holidays. 

It is not known whether these are wheelchair accessible.

To obtain more information use the Contact Us form on the website.

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.

The Fund is managed by the Church Society and it is difficult to obtain information on how to apply.

Previous information on the fund included:

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.

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 Charity

The Family Holiday Charity 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.

Fulfil the Wish

Fulfil the Wish provides activity and sightseeing holidays to children and young people with lifelong and life-limiting disabilities.

It undertakes an annual trip to Disneyland Paris for children and their families.

It also provides a family activity holiday at the the Bendrigg Trust activity centre in Cumbria.

A "Fun Club" also organises days out and other activities.

The holidays and activities are subsidised.

To take part in any of the activities download an application form.

Go Beyond

Go Beyond (formally Chicks) provides breaks for children and young people who face serious challenges in their lives.

Week long breaks are run from their Coastal centre in Tywardreath in Cornwall and their Daleside centre in Derbyshire.  Each break accommodates 16 children from either keystage 2 (ages 8 to 11 years) and key stage 3 (ages 11 to 13 years.

It offers residential and day breaks and includes adventure activities such as horse riding, rock climbing and surfing.  It is fully funded.

The charity accepts referrals from professionals working with young people. Serious challenges may include living in poverty, coping with caring responsibilities or suffering the effects of bullying.

To apply: set up an account and use the website link to make a referral.

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 £135 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:

The charity also offers a furniture recycling service And crisis grant line for residents living in the Blackpool/Fylde area.  It offers basic items of furniture for those whose income does not meet their basic needs.

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.

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 offers residential holidays for children ranging from multi activity to specialist holidays.

It is open for 2022 bookings.

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.

It also offers holiday clubs and events across England and Wales.

The Scripture Union is able to help with financial support for young people from families on income-related benefits or low incomes.  To apply tick the relevant box on the application form.

The application form is found by selecting the holiday and clicking "Book Now".

Children with Special Needs or children requiring extra support are able to included on the holiday depends on suitable provision and staffing.

To apply: complete the online booking form.

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 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.

Closed for 2023 due to the large number of applicants.

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 a 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 will open for personal development grants 1st May 2022.  For organisations applications will open 22nd August 2022.

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 Programme

The Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) Breaks Programme focuses on young people who would not be able to access a break or holiday without support.

It has three individual programmes:

Educational Support

The Educational Support Programme helps children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds take part in school or community group trips.

Groups are able to apply for support for up to 10 individual pupils, for up to 50% of the programme costs.  All requests for assistance must be made by completing an application form to apply for an advertised educational break.

The children/young people must live in severe poverty, have additional challenges and eligible for the pupil premium.  The children must be resident in England or Wales.

Family Support

The Family Breaks Programme helps families experiencing financial difficulties, bereavement, disability, life threatening illness and other opportunity-limiting factors.

The child or young person must be between the ages of 2 and 18 (up to 19th birthday).

Challenging Lives

The Challenging Lives Programme aims to reach children and young people who are or have experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness.

The child or young person must be aged between 8 and 18 years and must live in an area of deprivation.

This is open to young carers.

To apply: Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations can apply on behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA criteria.

There is a separate application form for Family Breaks.

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)

The Borders Children's Charity (Scotland only)

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

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