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Other holiday charities

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Mellor Country House offers low cost, self-catering holiday accommodation for low income families. Write to: Mellor Country House, 299 Longhurst Lane, Mellor, Cheshire SK6 5PP, telephone 0161 427 1893, email mellorcountryhou@btconnect.com or visit www.mellorcountryhouse.co.uk

Holiday Homes Trust is a national charity, dedicated to providing self-catering caravan accommodation for families, groups and their carers.  They cater for people with a disability or illness as well as low or single-income families.  Contact:  The Holiday Homes Trust, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW, telephone 020 8433 7290 / 020 8433 7291 between 8.30am – 1.30pm, email scout.holiday.homes@scouts.org.uk or visit www.holidayhomestrust.org

Youth Hostel Association offers a bursary of up to 75% off Summer Camp prices for young people entitled to free school meals.  Bursary places are limited and provided on a first come first served basis.  Contact:  Telephone 0800 019 1700 or visit www.yhasummercamps.co.uk

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Care for the Family runs multi-activity holidays for single parent families with children aged 5 – 16.  A limited number of bursaries are available for those in receipt of Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance.  Contact:  Care for the Family, Garth House, Leon Avenue, Cardiff, CF15 7RG, telephone 029 2081 0800, email mail@cff.org.uk or visit www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Gingerbread has local branches across the country that sometimes arrange breaks or days out for members.  To find a local group, telephone 0808 802 0925, Monday 10am – 6pm / Tuesday, Thursday Friday 10am – 4pm / Wednesday 10am – 1pm, 5pm – 7pm, or visit www.gingerbread.org.uk

Single Parent Travel Club is a self help group.  Members organise days out, short breaks and holidays in the UK and abroad for single parents and those with sole parenting responsibilities (e.g. grandparents, foster carers, etc.)  Lifetime membership costs £20.  For more information visit www.singleparents.org.uk

Single with Kids is the largest provider of breaks for single parents in the UK.  For more information visit www.singlewithkids.co.uk/

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Family Action runs a welfare grants programme and provides grants towards the cost of recuperative holidays for women who live in Greater London.  Contact:  Family Action, 24 Angel Gate, City Road, London, EC1V 2PT, telephone 020 7254 6251 on Wednesday and Thursday, 2 – 4pm, email grants.enquiry@family-action.org.uk or visit www.family-action.org.uk

Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust (FACT) provides women with financial assistance during times of convalescence by offering grants of up to £1000.  Grants are for women only.  Contact:  FACT, Clerk to the Trustees, c/o Andrew & Co. LLP, St. Swithin’s Court, 1 Flavian Road, Nettlehom Road, Lincoln, LN2 4GR, telephone 01522 512 123, email info@FACTonline.co.uk or visit www.factonline.co.uk

Victoria Convalescent Trust awards grants for convalescence and periods of recuperative and respite care for those who do not have the financial resources to fund this and have been unable to obtain assistance from the statutory services.  Applications for grants are accepted only from referring agencies such as health, education and social services.  Contact:  The Victoria Convalescent Trust, 11 Cavendish Avenue, Woodford Green, ESSEX, IG8 9DA, telephone 020 8502 9339.

Women’s Holiday Centre offers low cost breaks for all women, with or without children, on their own, or with friends in a safe and friendly environment.  They provide affordable holidays with a sliding scale for payments according to income.  Write to:  The Women’s Holiday Centre, The Old Vicarage, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HD, telephone 01729 860 207, email info@hortonwhc.org.uk or visit www.hortonwhc.org.uk

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Camp Quality UK provides activity holidays for children with a potentially life-limiting condition through a number of different projects and initiatives, including group holidays where the children can enjoy activities such as abseiling, sailing, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, horse riding as well as games, crafts and entertainment.  Contact:  Camp Quality UK, 98 Kingsbury Road, Birmingham, B24 8QJ, telephone 0121 288 4745, or visit www.campquality.org.uk

CCHF All About Kids provides residential activity and respite breaks for children aged 7 – 11 years old to escape the trauma of their everyday life and simply become children again. Write to:  CCHF All About Kids, Stafford House, 91 Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Susses, BN6 8QI, telephone 01273 847 770, or visit http://www.cchf-allaboutkids.org.uk

Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (CHICKS) provides activity respite breaks from March to December for children aged 8 – 15.  The child must have no other opportunity of a break away that year and be in need of respite from their current home situation or circumstances.  Write to:  CHICKS Moorland Retreat, Brentor, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0LX, telephone 01822 811020, email info@chicks.org.uk or visit http://www.chicks.org.uk

Diabetes UK Support Holiday offer adventure holidays for children aged 7 – 10, 11 – 15 and 16 – 18 years old with diabetes and weekend breaks for children with diabetes and their families.  Trips are low cost and there is a bursary available to a limited number of people who are unable to afford the travel expenses.  Contact:  The Care Support Team on 020 7424 1000 or visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Kids/Help-and-support/We-can-help/Kids-holidays/

Happy Days Children’s Charity provides day trips and short breaks to some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.  They fund and organise respite breaks, residential trips, days out, visiting theatre performances and theatre trips through the UK for children with mental and physical disabilities, life limiting conditions, children who have been abused and young carers between the ages of three and seventeen.  Contact:  Happy Days Children’s Charity, Clody House, 90 – 100 Collingdon Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 1RX, telephone 01582 755 999, email enquiries@happydayscharity.org or visit www.happydayscharity.org

The Jewish Children’s Holiday Fund aim to provide a summer break to Jewish children, aged 8 – 11 years, who would benefit from having a holiday or respite break and the family circumstances mean that they cannot afford one.  Contact:  The Jewish Children’s Holiday Fund, P. O. Box 1206, Enfield, EN1 9SH, telephone 020 7100 5097, email secretary@jchf.org or visit http://jchf.org/

Kids Out helps disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 18 throughout the UK.  Contact:  Kids Out, 14 Church Square, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1AE, telephone 01525 385 252, email info@kidsout.org.uk or visit  www.kidsout.org.uk

The Newman Holiday Trust provides holidays for children with disabilities and special needs aged 4 – 16 in various locations around the UK.  Due to the high level of skilled care these children require or financial circumstances, the children selected for these breaks would not have otherwise receive a holiday.  The holidays provide a range of fun activities in a safe and supported environment and use a care ratio of one helper to one child at all times.  Contact:  The Newman Holiday Trust, Lowbrook Barn, Lancaster Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 6AL, telephone 0121 713 1077 or visit www.newmantrust.org

Free to Be provides countryside adventure breaks during the school holidays. Their projects offer a chance to relax and have fun, whilst building confidence and growing self-esteem and are specially designed to support children to overcome problems, meet new people and try new things. Projects are open to children from London, aged 8-13, and places are offered to children who are most in need of a break, perhaps because: they are young carers, they have had a particularly tough year (maybe experienced a bereavement, family illness or other trauma), they are struggling to make and keep friends at school, they need support in expressing their thoughts and feelings or they wouldn’t otherwise have a holiday. For more information, email hello@freetobekids.org.uk or visit www.freetobekids.org.uk

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Birchington Convalescent Benefit Fund provides modest grants to allow under privileged children to have a ‘change of air’ whilst they are recovering from illness or suffering from a long-term illness.  Most grants are given to help children and their families take a holiday where they might otherwise not be able to afford to do so.  Grants are rarely given for expensive or overseas holidays.  Grants are made to those under the age of 18 living in the UK.  To ensure applications are genuine the Fund requires that they are supported by a recognised person or body such as social services, a doctor or charity.  Contact:  Birchington Convalescent Benefit Fund, Church Society, Ground Floor Centre Block,, Hille Business Estate, 132 St Albans Road, Watford, UK, WD24 4AE, telephone 01923 255410, email Admin@churchsociety.org or visit www.churchsociety.org

Calum’s Cabin provides short breaks in Rothesay, Argyll, for use by families who have a child suffering from cancer or a cancer related disease.  Calum’s Cabin and Calum’s Cabin Cottage both sleep up to 6 people.  The charity can also help with ferry travel and spending money.   Contact:    Calum’s Cabin, ‘Calenna’, 61 Mountstuart Road, Rothesay, PA20 9LD, telephone 07544 979 538, email booking@calumscabin.com or visit www.calumscabin.com

The Children’s Hope Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty by providing funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child, such as medical equipment, computers, holidays and days out.  The charity also offer short breaks in their caravan in Camber Sands.  The child or children should be between the ages of 3 – 17 and have special needs.  Contact:  Children’s Hope Foundation, 15 Palmer Place, London, N7 8DH, telephone 020 7700 6855, email info@childrenshopefoundation.org.uk or visit www.childrenshopefoundation.org

Destination Florida specialises in organising holidays to Florida for children between the ages of 7 – 15 who have missed out on the fun and laughter of childhood due to illness.  Contact:  Destination Florida, 38 Clarendon Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 9ES, telephone 0161 789 7788, email info@destinationflorida.org.uk or visit www.destinationflorida.org.uk

Donna’s Dream House is a Blackpool based trust providing free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families.  Contact:  Donna’s Dream House, 21 Chapel Street, Blackpool, FY1 5AW, telephone 01253 752222, email len@donnasdreamhouse.co.uk or visit www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk

Dreamflight is UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.  Contact:15 Chiltern Court, Asheridge Road, Chesham, Bucks. HP5 2PX, UK, telephone 01494 722 733, email office@dreamflight.org or visit www.dreamflight.org

Dream Makers Children’s Charity helps improve the lives of sick children who may suffer may different types of illnesses causing life time disabilities such as cerebral palsy, respiratory difficulties, down syndrome and other fatal illnesses.  They can help with holidays, therapy treatments, and equipment.  Contact:  Dream Makers, Monastery House, 1711 High Street, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0LN, telephone 01564 778 121 or 0121 711 8982 or visit www.dreammakerschildrenscharity.com

The Ellen MacArthur Trust takes young people aged 8 – 24 from all over the UK on sailing trips to help inspire them in rebuilding confidence after treatment for leukaemia.  Contact:  Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Units 53 – 57, East Cowes Marina, Off Britannia Way, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6DG, telephone 07983 297 750 or contact via their website www.ellenmacarthurtrust.org

The Emily Ash Trust is a small charity that aims to improve the lives of children and young people suffering with cancer.  They arrange a number of adventure days, events and can offer free breaks in their own holiday homes.  Contact:  The Emily Ash Trust, 106 Knightwood Crescent, New Malden, Surry, KT3 5JW, telephone 07932747585, email info@emilyashtrust.co.uk or visit www.emilyashtrust.co.uk

Family Fund is a charity that receives some government funding, that helps low income families caring for a seriously ill or disabled child under the age of 18.  It offers a range of grants including help with breaks.  Contact:  Family Fund, Unit 4, Alpha Court, Monks Cross Drive, York, YO32 9WN, telephone 01904 550055, email info@familyfund.org.uk or visit www.familyfund.org.uk

The Henry Smith Charity offers grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for groups of children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, experiencing disadvantage or those who have a disability.  Grants are not available for individuals.  Contact:  Holiday Grants, The Henry Smith Charity, 6th Floor, 65 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 2AD, telephone 020 7264 4970 or visit www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk

Heswall Disabled Children’s Holiday Fund hosts a completely free week-long summer camp each August for up to 30 boys aged 9 – 15 years from North West England, who have physical disabilities.  The charity also provides financial assistance to the families of children with disabilities and other disabled groups for whom the camp may not be suitable.  Contact:  applications@heswallcamp.org.uk or visit www.heswallcamp.org.uk

Katie’s Ski Tracks takes children from disadvantaged backgrounds on an adventure skiing holiday of a lifetime.  Contact:  Katie’s Ski Tracks, 16 Newlyn Avenue, Litherland, Liverpool, L21 9LD, telephone 0151 928 7595, email helpkaties@gmail.com or visit www.katiesskitracks.org

The Kids Cancer Charity (formerly the Christian Lewis Trust) provide specially coordinated stress free programmes that ensure children with cancer and their families can have a break.  The charity can also families a free break in one of their caravans on the Welsh coast.  Contact:  Kids Cancer Charity, 62 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 4PT, telephone 01792 480 500, email enquiries@kidscancercharity.org.uk or visit www.kidscancercharity.org

Make-a-Wish makes awards to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses.  Contact: Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, 329-331 London Road, Camberley, Surrey, GUI5 3HQ, telephone 01276 40 50 60, email info@makeawish.org.uk or visit www.makeawish.org.uk

National Holiday Fund provides support for the parents or carers of severely sick or disabled children aged 8 - 18 by offering them a two week respite whilst the children are taken on holiday to Florida. Families are not required to pay any of the costs associated with the trip.  Contact:  National Holiday Fund, 14 Buttermere, Hembsby, Norfolk, NR29 4JZ, telephone 01493 731 235, email office@nhfcharity.co.uk or visit www.nhfcharity.co.uk

The Oliver Curd Trust provides fully equipped holiday accommodation to families supporting children and young people in the UK suffering from childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses.  They seek to provide holiday memories, happiness and periods of escape for these children and their families during very difficult and trying times.  For more information visit www.theolivercurdtrust.co.uk

Over the Wall run camps to allow children to ‘kick back’ and have fun in a range of recreational and educational activities completely free of charge.  Applications are invited from children aged 8 – 17 years old who are experiencing or have recently experienced the challenges of a serious illness.  Contact:  Over the Wall, 25 Basepoint Business Centre, Harts Farm Way, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1HS, telephone 02392 477 110, email info@otw.org.uk or visit www.otw.org.uk

Starlight Children’s Foundation grants wishes of a lifetime to seriously and terminally ill children aged 4 – 18 years old.  Contact:  Starlight Children’s Foundation, Macmillan House, Paddington Station, London W2 1HD, telephone 020 7262 2881 or email wishes@starlight.org.uk or visit www.starlight.org.uk

Rays of Sunshine brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged 3 – 18 years old by granting wishes, hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children.  Contact:  Rays of Sunshine, 1 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0NP, telephone 020 8782 1171, or visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk

Round Table Children’s Wish is a charity dedicated to granting ‘handcrafted’ wishes for children and young people with life threatening illnesses.  To apply for a wish you must be aged between 4 – 17 years old and suffering from a life-threatening illness, a permanent resident of Britain or Ireland, and have not received a wish from any other wish charity.  Contact:  Round Table Children’s Wish, 857 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH9 2BQ, telephone 01202 514 515, email info@rtcw.org or visit www.rtcw.org

Trefoil House provides holiday grants for children under the age of 18 with special needs or disability.  Contact:  Trefoil, East Lodge, Gogarmuir Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9BZ, telephone 0131 339 3148, email trefoil@wssociety.co.uk or visit www.trefoil.org.uk

When You Wish upon a Star grants wishes to children aged 2 – 16 years with a life threatening illness.  Contact:  When You Wish Upon a Star, Futurist House, Valley Road, Nottingham, NG5 1JE, telephone 0115 9791 720, email midlands@whenyouwish.org.uk or visit www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk

The Youth Cancer Trust provides support and free activity holidays for young people aged 14 – 30 diagnosed and living with cancer or any malignant disease from anywhere in the UK and the Irish Republic, or who are patients of any UK hospital.  Holidays are also available for young people who have been in remission for up to five years or who are living with the late effects of having had cancer as a teenager or young adult.  Contact:  The Youth Cancer Trust, Tracy Ann House, 5 Studland Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8HZ, telephone 01202 763 591, email admin@yct.org.uk or visit www.youthcancertrust.org.uk

Dreams Come True is a UK charity the help life limited and seriously ill children fulfil their dreams.  To apply for a dream you must be between 2 – 21 years old, a permanent resident of the UK, and have not received a dream or wish from any other charity. Contact: Dreams Come True, Exchange House, 33 Station Road, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7DW, telephone 01428 726330, email info@dreamscometrue.uk.com or visit www.dreamscometrue.uk.com

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Break provides two short break homes for disabled young people aged 5 – 18 in West and South Norfolk.  Contact:  Nick Loone on 07826532707 or email nick.loone@break-charity.org or visit www.break-charity.org

The British Kidney Patient Association funds short breaks and holidays for adults and families affected by kidney disease and unable to pay for the full cost of a holiday.  Their grants can be put toward the cost of a holiday in the UK or overseas arranged through a travel agent or specialist travel company.  Contact:  The British Kidney Patient Association, 3 The Windmills, St. Mary’s Close, Turk Street, Alton, GU34 1EF, telephone 01420 541 424, email info@britishkidney-pa.co.uk or visit www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk

Deafblind UK owns a 6-berth caravan which is let at a low cost rate to deaf blind members for holidays on an award-winning site in Hopton near Great Yarmouth.  Contact:  Lyn Pollard on 01733 358 100 or email info@deafblind.org.uk or visit www.deafblind.org.uk

National Blind Children’s Society offers grants to provide relief, support and opportunities for blind and partially sighted children.  They also arrange heavily subsidised or free events and activities around the UK for families to take a break and meet others in a similar situation.  Contact:  National Blind Children’s Society, Hillfields, Reading Road, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3YG, telephone 0800 781 1444, email services@blindchildrenuk.org.uk or visit www.blindchildrenuk.org.uk

The League of the Helping Hand when funds permit, can offer one off payments for carer’s breaks enabling a carer to take time out away from their day-to-day situation.  Contact:  The Secretary, LHH, P.O. Box 342, Burgess Hill, RH15 5AQ, telephone 01444 236 099, email secretary@lhh.org.uk or visit www.lhh.org.uk

The Middlesex Association for the Blind is responsible for administering the Meek Legacy Holiday Grant Scheme.  This provides up to £125 towards a holiday for individuals with a visual impairment or £250 towards an affiliated clubs’ group outing.  Contact:  Middlesex Association for the Blind, Suite 18, Freetrade House, Lowther Road, Stanmore, HA7 1EP, telephone 020 8423 5141, email info@aftb.org.uk or visit www.aftb.org.uk

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation awards grants to enable disabled people to have a break at a specialist centre or nursing home of their choice.  Contact: QEF Independent Living Services, Dorincourt, Oaklawn Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0BT, telephone 01372 841100, email independentlivingservices@qef.org.uk or visit www.qef.org.uk

3H Helping Hands for Holidays awards grants to disabled people and carers on low income to help them to organise a break for themselves in the UK.  The charity also organises group breaks for physically disabled people over the age of 13.  Contact:  3H (Helping Hands for Holidays), B2, Speldhurst Business Park, Langton Road, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0AQ, telephone 01892 860 207, email info@3hfund.org.uk or visit www.3hfund.org.uk

Mind Some local Mind offices offer inclusive group holidays for their members, while others offer financial assistance to members towards the cost of a holiday. For further details call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or visit www.mind.org.uk

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The Imago Community are a social action organisation delivering diverse services and supporting individuals, organisations and communities across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and London. They provide a range of community Short Breaks across Kent providing opportunities for disabled children and young people to have enjoyable social experiences as well as offering a valuable break for their parents or carers.  Contact:  Imago, John Spare House, 17 – 19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1LS, telephone 01892 530 330, email hello@imago.community or visit http://www.imago.community.

The Kensington Foundation is a Blackpool-based charity aiming to promote the relief of homelessness, poverty, deprivation and distress and currently funds the ‘Daisy Chain Project’, offering holiday accommodation for respite breaks.  Contact:  The Daisy Chain Project, Kensington Foundation Resource Centre, The Lodge, 216 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9JL, telephone 01253 761 444, email kentrust1@hotmail.com or visit www.kensingtonfoundation.com.

KIDS have developed a short break portal online called www.disabledchildren.org.uk to allow parents and carers throughout the UK to easily book and manage short breaks for their child or young persons.  Contact:  KIDS Direct Short Breaks, 249 Birmingham Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1EA, telephone 03330 142 990, email enquiries@disabledchildren.org.uk.

Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) administers a holiday grant fund on behalf of Kingston Council to assist those who qualify with the costs of taking a holiday.  Contact:  KCIL, River Reach 31 – 35 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1LF, telephone 020 8546 9603, email enquiries@kcil.org.uk or visit www.kcil.org.uk.

South Somerset District Council provide a number of grants to play and youth groups across South Somerset.  Contact:  Young People’s Officer, South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 2HT, telephone 01935 462 462, email play.youth@southsomerset.gov.uk or visit https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/play-and-youth/help-for-play-and-youth-groups/

Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia provide support to families with children who suffer from cancer or leukaemia by way of financial grants.  They also organise days out for the children and their families to try and bring back some normality to family life.  The charity priorities applications from children in Tayside, Angus, North East Fife and Perth.  For more information visit www.tccl.org.uk.

Walsall Carer’s Centre provides advice for carers in the Walsall area including advice about respite care and having a break.  Contact:  Walsall Carers Centre, 1st Floor, The Crossing at St. Paul’s, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DA, telephone 01922 610810 (office) / 01922 636663 (helpline), email info@walsallcarers.org or visit www.walsallcarer.org.

A Day of Sunshine is a Lancashire based children’s charity that aims to bring a little sunshine into the lives of local deserving children, by providing them and their families with an all expenses paid holiday to either Spain or the UK.  Holidays are offered to seriously ill or disabled children or to families with a seriously ill or disabled parent.  The family must have one or more children aged between 12 – 17 years, be on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits, have no other opportunity of a holiday and not have been on holiday for the last five years, and must be resident in Lancashire or Cumbria.  Contact:  A Day of Sunshine, 60, St. Anne’s Road West, Lytham St. Anne’s, Lancashire, FY8 1UF, telephone 01253 720 710, email day-of-sunshine@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.dayof-sunshine.com.

NB:  The Family Holiday Association strongly recommends checking for services available in your local area through, for instance, your local council’s website, as funding may be available for residents.

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The Children’s Foundation provides regional ‘small grants’ for community projects in the North East, including group breaks.  Contact:  The Children’s Foundation, P.O. Box 2YB, Sir James Spence Institute of Child Health, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 2YB, telephone 0191 282 0000, email childrens.foundation@nuth.nhs.uk or visit www.thechildrensfoundation.co.uk.

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Culture24 provides the latest news, exhibition reviews and features from UK museums, galleries, heritage and archaeology sites, together with exhibition and event listings from thousands of UK museums, art galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries.  Visit www.culture24.org.uk.

Directory of Free Stuff has a comprehensive list of free activities and days out across the UK.  Visit www.dofreestuff.com.

National Trust aims to help people enjoy their national heritage, and works to preserve and project more than 300 historic places and gardens to visit across the UK.  Contact:  The National Trust, P. O. Box 574, Manvers, Rotherham, S63 3FH, telephone  0844 800 1895, email enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Netmums.com offers a guide to what’s on in your local area.  Visit www.netmums.com.

Riding for the Disabled Association have a network of 500 volunteer groups organising activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, show jumping and Hippotherapy for disabled people.  Contact:  Riding for the Disabled Association, Norfolk House, 1a Tournament Court, Edgehill Drive, Warwick, CV34 6LG, telephone 01926 492915, email info@rda.org.uk or visit www.rda.org.uk.

Safaripark.co.uk provides information on local wildlife parks, including contact details, opening times, and admission information.  Visit www.safaripark.co.uk.

Time Out has an up-to-date guide of free events and days out.  Visit www.timeout.com, and go to the city of your choice.

Willow Foundation is a charity that provides psychological and emotional support for seriously ill 16 – 40 year olds through the provision of special day experiences.  Contact:  Willow Foundation, Gate House, Fretherne Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6NS, telephone 01707 259 777, email info@willowfoundation.org.uk, or visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk.

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The Margaret Champney Rest and Holiday Fund provides grants to support respite holidays for carers.  The primary aim is to give a complete break to a carer while the person cared for is receiving respite care.  In exceptional circumstances they may assist where the carer and cared for wish to holiday together, provided they are husband and wife or partners, or an adult child caring for an aging parent or vice versa.  If funds allow, consideration may be given to funding holidays in the UK where one or more family members suffers a severe disability.  Contact:  Ogilvie Charities, The Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JJ, telephone 01394 388746, email info@ogilviecharities.org.uk or visit www.ogiliviecharities.org.uk.

The Sand Rose Project provides free breaks to bereaved families and people, with a particular emphasis on young people.  They offer one week breaks in their cottages in west Cornwall.  Contact:  The Sand Rose Project, PO Box 70, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5WY, telephone 0845 607 6357, email info@sandrose.org.uk or visit www.sandrose.org.uk.

Paul’s Fund is a grant making charitable trust set up through the Charities Aid Foundation with the aim of enabling young adults and their families who are facing challenging personal circumstances to have a respite holiday break staying at Paul’s Place which is located on the North Devon coast, it also offers both B&B and Self Catering accommodation.  To quality for a grant you must be a young adult facing diagnosis of a terminal or life threatening illness, bereavement or be a long term, unpaid carer of a close relative.  Contact:  David and Pippa on 01271 891 076 / 0779 398 0760 or email pauls-place@pauls-fund.co.uk or visit www.pauls-fund.co.uk.

Tourism for All UK help with finding accessible holidays visit www.tourismforall.org.uk

Holidays for families living with Leukaemia – a small charity offering holidays to families living with Leukaemia. We have a holiday home on a caravan site in Skegness Lincolnshire which can be booked for free, week-long respite holidays for families with Leukaemia. www.karengreenfoundation.com