Wide beam canal boat

Holidays and special days


Information on specialist holidays for families, holiday insurance companies and grant-making organisations providing special trips and financial help

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Holidays


Activities Unlimited provides short breaks and leisure activities to disabled children aged 0-25 in Suffolk.

Access All Rooms - a booking website designed for people with extra access requirements, with a rating system for hotels based on accessibility.


Blackrow Farm. EACH has been approached by the owner of ​this self-catering barn conversion in Dorset, which provides accessible holiday accommodation for people with disabilities. Click on the link above for more details.

Bramwood Holiday Bungalows – located in the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, the bungalow is fully equipped for disabled access including a ceiling tracking hoist, profiling bed and shower chair.

Brick House Cottages – 8 purpose build holiday cottages, set on a farm and built around a fish lake near Blackpool.  Very good facilities, including ceiling track hoists and profile beds.


The Bruce Trust.  Adapted canal boats and motorhome holidays for disabled users.
EACH Physiotherapist Debra James enjoyed a holiday on wide beam canal boat 'Rachel' (pictured above) and said "The boat was fully adapted for wheelchair users, with a spacious wet room, an internal hydraulic lift to go from deck to cabin and alternative controls for steering the boat from a wheelchair. A portable hoist is available if required and one of the boats has hospital style beds. Perching chairs and commodes are also available. We were also given a training weekend prior to the holiday to learn how to handle the boat."


The Calvert Trust - Located in the Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland, Calvert Trust Kielder offers both residential and day visits to people of all ages and abilities. They have a range of accessible self-catering accommodation offering 3, 4 or 7 nights all year round


The Claire Sadler Trust Fund– enables teenagers and very young adults who have cancer to take a short breaks, holidays and outings


Dream Makers, a national charity has 3 mobile homes in Torquay Devon, with walk in showers and hoisting equipment.  Referral by health care professionals.


Eildon Holiday Cottages in the Scottish Borders– offers 6 fully accessible holiday cottages with specialist equipment available including hoists and electric profiling beds and pressure reliving systems.


Family Holiday Association – national charity dedicated to providing British Seaside Breaks.


Forest Holidays provides a range of holiday cabins on 3 sites, some of which have been specially adapted for people with disabiltiies and wheelchair users. It also has 21 caravan and camping sites across the UK, many of which have disabled facilities.

Happy Days Holiday organises holidays and trips out throughout the UK for disabled people and disadvantaged children with special needs.

The Harriet Davis Trust provides four self-catering holiday houses in Pembrokeshire, UK for families with a child with a disability at economical prices.

HCTP is a volunteer based charity offering pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes in the South of France for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults. 

Heathrow Airport Guide: facilities for those needing special assistance. Information and help for people with a disability travelling via Heathrow.

Holiday Homes Trust – a national charity providing self catering caravan accommodation, some with wheelchair access, ramps and wet rooms.

The Lea Wilby Foundation - provides holiday accommodation in their 6 berth static caravan at Haven Seashore Great Yarmouth for families who are supporting young people who live in the UK and are suffering from childhood cancer.  Not suitable for wheelchair access.

The Lin Berwick Trust  provides holiday accommodation in Norfolk, East Lothian, Scotland and Looe, in Cornwall. All properties have a range of specialist equipment including manual hoists and wheelchair accessible showers.

The National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children.  A charity that offers respite care for parents and carers while their children are taken on a two week trip to the central Florida area.

North Wales- 2 self catering bungalows  near Porthmadog, North Wales with electric ceiling hoists, wet rooms and electric beds.

The Oliver Curd Trust, provides spacious caravan holiday accommodation in East Sussex, at Battle and St Leonards.

Over The Wall  provides residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges and their families.  They run 3 camp programmes across the UK in 3 regions.

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain reviews more than 75 family-friendly attractions, all visited and reviewed by adults, teenagers or children with a disability and their families.

Sebastian's Action Trust. Opened in July 2011, The BlueBells Holiday Home in Hampshire aims to enable 100 families each year to spend a week or a few days in one of its two spacious self-catering apartments, free of charge.

Summerfield Farm Holiday - Scoresby Cottage – near Whitby, this holiday accommodation is fully accessible with wet room and specialist equipment for hire including hoists and shower chairs.

 

Sunny Days Children’s Fund has 2 holiday homes situated at Haven Orchard’s Holiday Park, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex available on application for a week long break. 























Travel Insurance
The following companies offer travel insurance for people with disabilities:

Avanti Travel - Tel: 0800 888 6195

Access Travel - Tel: 01942 888844 

Accessible Travel & Leisure - Tel: 01452 729 739 

All Clear Insurance Services Ltd - Tel: 01708 339295 

Fogg Travel Insurance Services- Tel: 01623 631331  

Organisations providing special wishes, trips and holidays
Dreamflight is a registered UK charity that changes young lives through taking seriously ill and children with disabilities, without their parents, to theme parks in Florida.

Starlight arranges wishes for children with life limiting or life-threatening conditions, aged 4 - 18. Wishes can be anything from a special holiday to a longed meeting with an idol to a computer to play games on.

Dreams Come True caters for children and young people with serious or terminal illnesses, aged 2 - 21. Dreams can be anything from a foreign holiday to special experiences to the provision of a peice of equipment.

When You Wish Upon a Star help sick children fulfil their dreams, ie a vist to Lapland, a special day out or a trip to Disney.

The Willow Foundation arranges special days for seriously ill young people aged 16 - 40 years of age. Days are tailored to meet an individuals wish.

Make a Wish Foundation, a charity founded in 1986 granting wishes to children aged 3 - 17 living with a life-threatening condition.

David Randall Foundation, a charity which helps to organise 'good days' out for children with life-limiting illnesses who live in Essex.

Days out and discounts

Max Cards - discount cards for foster families and families of children with additional needs, which give free or discounted admission to selected venues. The cards are administered by partners - local authorities and selected charities - visit the Max Cards website to see if they are available in your area.

  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH