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Other Holiday Funds and
Holidays for Disabled People
Barnardo's provide support to young carers by providing fun activities and breaks from their caring role.
It allows the young carers to spend time with other young people in a similar situation to themselves.
They also provide short breaks for disabled children to enable them to enjoy new experiences and much needed respite for their families.
Barnardo's run a large number of projects around the UK. To find out what's provided in your local area check their online search.
The Bruce Wake Trust
The Bruce Wake Trust provides specialist narrow boat canal and riverboat holidays for the disabled.
All cruises start from the Upton Marina on the River Severn at Upton-upon-Severn near Worcester.
They have three boats which have been designed for wheelchair users with hydraulic lifts and ceiling hoist. Each sleeps 6/7 people.
The boats are available from April to October with prices from £550 a week. The price includes tuition from a qualified skipper.
The Garwood Foundation offers a range of services and support for children and adults with disabilities.
It has a fully adapted holiday caravan on a Haven caravan site near Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The caravan is available to hire by anyone with a disability with their family, friends or partner.
The Foundation takes bookings from the 1st March to 31st October. Prices range from £150 to £700 for seven day depending on the season.
To find out more information and availability call Rosemary Odling on 020 8686 9866 or email: email@example.com
The Oliver Curd Trust
The Oliver Curd Trust was set up in memory of Oliver by his parents.
It's provides holiday accomodation for families supporting young people with childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
The Trust has two caravans:
- A two bedroom, 6 berth caravan at Crowhurst Park, Battle, East Sussex
- A three bedroom, at Combe Haven Holiday Park, St Leonards-on-Sea
To apply complete the online contact form.
Queen Elizabeth 2 Activity Centre
The QE2 Activity Centre in Hampshire provides a range of activities for both individuals and groups.
It also has five A Frame woodern cabins and one single storey woodern cabin available for family holidays and school educational visits.
The cabins sleep 8 people and have accessible shower and WC. They can be booked for self catering holidays for one to seven days, multi activity holidays and themed weeks.
The accomodation charges are for the cabin not the number of people.
Premier Inn is our accommodation choice for short breaks as it has consistently provided us with good service and wheelchair adapted rooms.
Unlike another leading chain the accommodation is always attached to a pub or a restaurant saving the need to reload and travel somewhere else for the evening meal and breakfast.
They offer a number of special offers throughout the year (starting at £29 a night) but you do need to book early to take advantage of the better deals.
The downside is the website doesn't tell you whether the disabled room has a wet room or a low bath. It also doesn't let you know if it's one double bed with a sofa bed or a twin room.
To find out this information you need to phone the hotel direct.
Check here for details of their latest offers.
Holiday Homes Trust
The Holiday Homes Trust set up by former scouts provides low cost specially adapted self catering holidays to the disabled, carers and their families.
The Trust have 8 caravans and one chalet at 7 UK locations. All are accessible though some have showers with a 7" lip.
The caravans are located in Bognor Regis, Devon Cliffs, Filey, Great Yarmouth, New Milton, Paignton, Poole and St Austall.
The accommodation is of a high standard and is very popular so early booking is advised.
You do not have to be a member of The Scout Association to apply.
To obtain further details and a booking form contact The Scout Holiday Homes Trust, Gilwell Park, Chingford, LONDON E4 7QW Telephone: 020 8433 7290 or 020 8433 7291 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seagull Trust Cruises
The Seagull Trust Crusies offers free canal cruises to the disabled and those with special needs.
Day cruises with a volunteer crew run between April and October. They operate a number of narrow boats and one, the Marion Seagull at the Falkirk branch is able to offer a family cruises from a few days to a week.
There are four branches Falkirk, Highlands, Kirkintilloch, and Ratho near Edinburgh.
To find out further details on arrangements and booking check out the individual branch websites listed above.
Revitalise (formerly Vitalise) is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers.
Revitalise provides around 5,000 holiday breaks each year for disabled people and carers at three fully accessible UK centres in Chigwell, Southampton and Southport.
Revitalise’s centres provide 24-hour on-call care and personal support in a relaxed, holiday environment.
The centres’ experienced staff can cater for around 150 different disabilities and, in addition to specialist nursing care, each guest is accompanied by a volunteer who provides companionship and support.
The centres organise hundreds of accessible excursions and activities throughout the year, with evening entertainment laid on.
Dozens of different themed weeks focus on particular activities, allowing guests to enjoy activities that would otherwise be very difficult or even impossible for them to participate in.
There are also special weeks for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their partners.
Carers’ Support Centre is currently taking bookings for holidays in
their modern static caravans at two locations: the Cotswolds and Torbay
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