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The Children's Country Breaks Association
12 Salts Close, Enderby, Leics LE9 5SQ
tel: 01162 863568
Helps children and families or carer to get breaks and holidays. Runs an annual camp and short sponsored breaks plus helping families in financial difficulties, providing equipment for disabled children.

Children's Country Holiday Fund
42/43 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG
tel: 020 7928 6522
A charity offering summer holidays to disadvantaged London children aged five to 12 and to families. Families stay on holiday camps or in caravans and parents are required ot make a small contribution towards the cost. Applications are made by intermediaries like social workers, teachers or other professionals rather than the families themselves.

Family Holiday Association
16 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JL
tel: 020 7436 3304
‘The holiday charity for families in need'. Provides holidays for children and families on benefits and low income. Sends families to centres like Haven and Butlins, or private grants for those in need. All of this is done through a welfare agent such as a social worker, health visitor, doctor etc.

Family Holistic Holidays
Wishing Tree Project, 2-3 Andrews Place, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1UP
tel: 01273 897523
Run by a social work manager who felt that it would be useful to organise family holidays which differed from the standard holiday park type.
Holidays include a cr?che and creative workshops for children and teenagers, plus for parents dance, drama, personal development, parenting groups, introduction to foot and body massage, yoga, meditation, drumming and voice work. Also therapies including reflexology, counselling, Indian head massage and Reiki among others. The main aim though is for the whole family to enjoy nature and de-stress in tranquil surroundings.
The holidays were piloted in 2000 and in 2001 there has been one a month plus others on behalf of organisations which fund the holidays on behalf of their participants.
Each holiday is tailored to the ages and needs of the families in any specific group.
Always happy to receive contributions to fund further holidays.

Farms for City Children
Nethercott House, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8BG
tel: 01837 810573
Takes children out of big cities and expects them to work on the farm. It teaches for example where food comes from and bridges the gap between town and country. More importantly, they work harder, often than ever before, and gain in confidence, able to tackle new confidence. ‘With luck they get some inkling of the fact that work is the thing from which you gain most satisfaction and fun in life,' says the author Michael Morpurgo, who set up the charity with his wife. The three farms run by the charity welcome around 3,000 children each year. Local writers come in to talk to the children and the day is often rounded off with stories read around the fire.
The charity subsidises each child's place by £80. ‘Any help towards this cost is of tremendous impact', they say. Cheques payable to Farms for City Children can be sent to the address above. For more information about the charity e-mail

The Charity Commission

If think you know of any other similar organisations but don't have details, you can search for them among charities registered with the Charity Commission.

Raising Money with your Booking

Some charities raise funds through contributions through holiday bookings. Operators who adhere to the tenets of Responsible Tourism generally do this, as do some others, making a percentage contribution on certain or all bookings or matching contributions made by peole travelling with them. There is also the occasional operation which is designed purely to raise money for charity.

Home from Homes
tel: 01722 790111
A non-profit web set advertising around 130 holiday homes in the UK and overseas. Advertising on the site is free and rental is fixed at market rates but 10% is deducted from the owner's income as a contribution to the charity Hope and Homes for Children which provides homes and support for young victims of war or disaster. This involves for example replacing Romanian orphanages with family care for individual children. A hard copy of the brochure is available on the charity's number above.

(updated 13 April, 2006)

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