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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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."

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.

Special Needs Kids. A really informative website providing information on holiday companies, travel insurance and other advice.

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.

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

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.

The National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children.  A charity that offers respite care for parents and carers by offering holiday breaks for children with disabilities.

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

Over The Wall is a national children’s charity. Their purpose is to provide life-changing experiences to children and young people aged 8-17 who are affected by serious and life-limiting illnesses. They do this by offering free activity camps specifically developed to foster coping, resilience, self-esteem and confidence.

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.

The Oliver Curd Trust, a charity that seeks to provide holiday memories, happiness and periods of escape for families during difficult times.

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

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.
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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • 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 really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • 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
  • 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
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  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • 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
  • 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

The Treehouse

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Ipswich, IP3 8NS


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Cambridge, CB24 6AB


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