How do we make a difference?
The children and families we help are usually referred to us by our local Partners from our local community. So we know we are directly helping children and families most in need.
We currently have three respite homes located at the 4 star Marton Mere Holiday Park in Blackpool. Two of our homes have wheelchair and ramp access. All of our Blackpool holiday homes can accommodate up to 6 people. Onsite there is a full programme of activities and complimentary travel to the Blackpool beach for the guests to enjoy, so that families don’t have to worry about further travel or expense. Every year we are able to offer approximately 100 families a completely free, week long respite break.
We also have our Log Cabin at the peaceful Ribblesdale Park, Gisburn. This has been fully adapted for wheelchair use and has a mobile hoist to ensure everyone can enjoy the Hot Tub. We have also installed a profiling bed too. Ribblesdale Park is a tranquil place, abundant with wildlife; watch the rare Sika deer herd grazing, spot a Kingfisher or Otter by the river. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool in walled gardens and they have just won a diamond award from Hoseasons for the best park in the North of England. It really is a place for respite.
We hope to improve the health and wellbeing of each child and family compared to how they felt before their break. Each situation before their break is different but the impact it has is always positive, particularly having a new opportunity to spend quality time with each other and take away the strain and stress of everyday life.
In the 8 years since The Trust was founded, we have given over 1,500 children and 700 families a break.