Therapeutic Breaks

Therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families. Programmes take place at a fairytale castle in the beautiful foothills of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains.

Calum’s Cabin
A beautiful country retreat on the Isle of Bute for children with cancer and their families. Self catering accommodation for up to 8 people. Ferry fares are paid and families also receive spending money on arrival.

Camp Quality UK
Activity holidays for children with cancer aged 5-10 and 11-16 years. Activities are supervised by professionally trained and qualified staff, and programmes cater for all abilities and disabilities.

Kids Cancer Charity (Formerly The Christian Lewis Trust)
Four static caravans on the Welsh coast. Both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris have linked up with the charity to provide a unique programme of supervised and special facilities.

The Kids Cancer Charity also maintains an up-to-date list of companies providing travel insurance to children with cancer and their families.

CLIC Sargent
Malcolm Sargent House in Ayrshire offers family breaks and specialist weekends. All meals are provided. A wide range of indoor and outdoor activities cater to all ages – including cycling, arts & crafts and team games.

Luxury self-contained caravans in Exmouth (Devon), Pagham (West Sussex), Fleetwood (Lancashire) and Filey (Yorkshire), located on well-equipped holiday parks, close to beaches. Each caravan sleeps up to six people.
Holiday Administrator: 01292 671233

Donnas Dream House
Free year-round holidays in Blackpool for families affected by a child’s life-threatening illness, and recently bereaved families. A magnificent playroom, four themed apartments and a teenage unit bring a sense of fun into children’s lives.

Ellen MacArthur Trust
Four day sailing holidays for 8-18 year olds recovering from serious illness. The 38ft to 45ft cruising yachts dock at a different port each night. Voyages are led by professional sailors used to working with medically fragile children.

Family Holiday Association
Helps disadvantaged families take a much-needed break. The website also carries links to other charities providing family holidays.

Offers comfortable self-catered mobile homes in family friendly parks throughout the UK. Each holiday home sleeps up to six people. All site fees are paid by REACT.

Sail 4 Cancer
Provides one-day and residential sailing experiences for cancer patients, survivors and their families. Also raises funds for cancer research through professional sailing events.

The Kensington Foundation
The Daisy Chain Project offers respite breaks to families caring for a sick or disabled child, families coping with limited means in difficult circumstances and families rebuilding their lives after the loss of a child.

Over the Wall Gang Camp
For children affected by cancer and other serious illnesses, modelled on Paul Newman’s renowned Hole in The Wall Gang Camp. OTW gives children one glorious week of confidence building fun and friendship.

Youth Cancer Trust
Provides free activity based holidays for young people (aged 14 to 30) with any malignant disease. Participants may be from anywhere in the UK or may be international patients receiving treatment at any UK hospital.

Camp Simcha
Provides family retreats, special wishes and support for Jewish children with serious illnesses.

Happy Days Children’s Charity
UK holidays provided if the family claims state benefits.

HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust
Holidays to Lourdes for 2000 children with special needs or disabilities during Easter Week.

Katie’s Ski Tracks
Provides skiing holidays for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, be it through illness, disability or extreme social problems.