Information on specialist holidays for families, holiday insurance companies and grant-making organisations providing special trips and financial help
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Fully adapted caravan, wheelchair accessible with hoist, provided by charity Sponsor a Sibling. Offered to EACH families to use for free. Deposit payable: £35 for one night, £70 for up to six nights, or £100 for seven nights. The deposit can then be returned or donated to Sponsor a Sibling. Offered to families with children currently using EACH services, for a break with their child, and/or with siblings, and also to bereaved families. The caravan is in Essex, approximately a 35 minute drive from Ipswich. For further info and to book please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Sponsor a Sibling Facebook page. (Please note - bookings are only taken up to 1 month in advance, to allow for last-minute changes in circumstances).
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.
After Umbridge - Cottage in Bath - After Umbridge is a charity offering a short break stay to carers of someone with a life-limiting condition, or who have been bereaved in the past year. More details can be found on their website. Referral forms can be obtained from their website or from your local hospice, and will need to be signed by someone from EACH.
Alice's Escapes - three self-catering holiday lodges in the South Lake District, two of the lodges - Mabel's Place and Molly's Place for families with a child with a life-limiting condition. A third lodge Lily's Lodge is for families who have been bereaved. Not suitable for wheelchair access.
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 – Eight 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.
Brock Dene is a 3 bedroom adapted lodge situated on a quiet part of Haggerston Castle Holiday Park in Northumberland. The lodge has been adapted to make it wheelchair accessible, it has ramps and a wet room (but does not have hoists). The aim for Brock Dene is to provide a holiday for people who struggle to have a holiday whether this is due to disability or cost, and also a place to just be following traumatic situations, such as bereavement or ill health. The lodge owners are offering a discounted rate to EACH families. You can see photos and check availability on booking.com (search for Brock Dene), but to get the discounted rate for EACH families please email email@example.com to book or request more information.
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 Lake District, Northumberland and Exmoor, the Calvert Trust offers both residential and day visits to people of all ages and abilities. They have a range of accessible self-catering accommodation offering three, four or seven nights all year round.
The Children's Hope Foundation offers free holidays and short breaks to families with children aged 3 - 17 with special needs. The charity's caravan houses up to eight people and is in Camber Sands, East Sussex.
The Claire Sadler Trust Fund – enables teenagers and very young adults who have cancer to take a short breaks, holidays and outings.
Destination Florida organises one week holidays for children between the ages of 7 - 15 who have a long term illness. A full medical team is present, enabling the children to be given their normal medical treatment whilst enjoying the holiday.
Donna's Dream House is a Blackpool based charity that provides holidays for children with life-limiting illnesses in a specially adapted house.
Dream Makers, a national charity has three 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 six 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 three sites, some of which have been specially adapted for people with disabilities 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. Three houses are in the Tenby area and are fully adapted and equipped for wheelchair users.
HCPT 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.
Houseboat Adelaar on the banks of the River Orwell, near Pin Mill in Suffolk. Sleeps five (one cabin with a double bed, one with a double and a single bunk bed). Fully centrally heated, with free parking. Free to use for a night or a weekend for families or carers who use EACH’s services. Access to the boat is a 10 minute walk via an unsurfaced footpath, unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users. More information is available from the houseboat owners - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Cancer Charity (formerly the Christian Lewis Trust) provides a holiday programme for children and young people with cancer and their families. It ranges from luxury static caravans on the Welsh coast to resort holidays in Disney World Florida, and Disneyland Paris.
The Leah Wilby Foundation - provides holiday accommodation in their six 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.
Maria Hanson Foundation provides holiday accommodation in two caravans, situated in a Haven's Holiday resort in Mablethorpe, on the Lincolnshire coast. The caravans are not adapted for wheelchairs but have access via decking to the caravan doors. Application is via a health or social care worker.
The Nancy Oldfield Trust - Water based activities
Based on the Norfolk Broads, the Nancy Oldfield Trust provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to experience motor boat cruises, sailing and canoeing. All the boats have been adapted and are accessible to wheelchair users. A new service - Well Being on the Water has been launched to offer a more peaceful experience on the water for hospice service users.
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 holiday trip to the central Florida area.
North Wales – two 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. They also run camps for siblings.
Peak District - Hope Cross Cottage is a new holiday cottage specifically designed for visitors with access needs. It has a mobile hoist, profiling bed, wet room and laminate flooring throughout.
Please Take Me There is a UK charity that offers children the chance to fly for free to visit family or take a much needed recreational trip and create special memories. Flights are conducted on a private areoplane. Contact email@example.com for more details or phone 01223 653133.
React Holiday Homes - React offers one week holidays in their mobile holiday homes around the UK. They can accommodate up to six, but none are wheelchair adapted.
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 two holiday homes situated at Haven Orchard’s Holiday Park, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex available on application for a week long break.
Try Before You Fly
Tryb4uFly offers people with disabilities of all ages the opportunity to try seating and transfer options in a realistic cabin setting before they fly. With the guidance of a trained Occupational Therapist, they help select and try equipment that is right for you to reduce your concerns pre-flight, and help you decide if flying is a viable means of transport for you.
Walks With Wheelchairs provides free information on routes that are suitable for those that use a wheelchair. More information on reviews of walks and downloading routes on their web site.
The following companies offer travel insurance for people with disabilities:
Able2Travel – 01892 839501
Avanti Travel - 0800 888 6195
All Clear Insurance - 01708 339295
Freedom Travel Insurance – 01223 446914
Good to Go Insurance - 0330 0249949
Insurance With – 0203 5537 972
J.D. Travel Insurance Consultants – 0344 247 4749
Stay Sure Travel Insurance – 0800 033 4902
Towergate Insurance - 0330 123 2249
World First – 0345 90 80 161
Organisations providing special wishes, trips and holidays
Breath of Hope and their “entertainment crew” visit children and young people in hospital and hospices and include parties, celebrity visits, days out, and special wishes which can include holidays.
David Randall Foundation, a charity which helps to organise 'good days' out for children with life-limiting illnesses who live in Essex.
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 piece of equipment.
Dreamflight is a registered UK charity taking seriously ill and children with disabilities, without their parents, to theme parks in Florida.
Happy Day’s Children’s Charity – the charity provides holidays, days out, activity days, art and music workshops and theatre trips to children and young people between the ages of 3 to 17.
Hannah’s Holiday Appeal – set in three holiday parks in Hampshire, near the New Forest, the holiday homes provide accommodation for families to take a break. Not suitable for wheelchair access.
Jamie’s Wish Trust - Granting wishes for children and young people up to the age of 25 with cancer.
Lynsey Ivison Trust – the holidays the charity fund are varied and include breaks at Centre Parcs, and days out at a beach hut, at Frinton on Sea, Essex.
Make a Wish Foundation, a charity founded in 1986 granting wishes to children aged 3 - 17 living with a life-threatening condition.
Merlin’s Magic Wand – the charity arranges special days out at Merlin Entertainment Attractions, which include Legoland, Theme Parks, Sea Life Centres and Madame Tussauds.
Molly Olly’s Wishes - supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses. They grant individual wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.
Promise Dreams – Wish making charity for children and young people with a life-limiting condition up to the age of 18.
Rays of Sunshine – Wish making charity for children and young people 3 – 18 years of age.
Round Table Children’s Wish – granting wishes for children and young people across Britain and Ireland
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.
When You Wish Upon a Starhelp 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.
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.