Holidays do us the world of good, giving us a break from routine, a chance to unwind, and the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and broaden our horizons. Holidays also strengthen family bonds.
If your circumstances allow, consider helping less fortunate children and families take a holiday or break. Consider supporting the Family Holiday Association (FHA), which each year enables some of the thousands of families unable to have a holiday due to difficult circumstances – such as poverty, trauma, disability, bereavement, violence, abuse, depression and long-term illness – to take a much-needed break. The FHA depends on voluntary contributions – you can donate via its website.
Take the Family also recommends supporting CHICKS children's charity, which has provided free respite breaks to disadvantaged children since 1992. CHICKS is similarly dependent solely on donations. You can also volunteer to work with CHICKS, including on its camps.
Other Charity Holiday Providers
Residential activity and respite breaks for disadvantaged kids aged 7–11.
Holidays in Florida for children aged 7-15 who have missed out on childhood fun due to illness.
Short breaks for children unable to take holidays due to hospital appointments, treatments and exhaustion from therapy.
Dreams Come True
A charity aiming to make dreams come true for seriously and terminally ill children, from visiting grandparents abroad to swimming with dolphins.
A charity funding and organising holidays, residential trips, days out and theatre trips for young people aged 3 to 17 with special needs.
National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children
Holidays in Florida for severely ill or disabled children.
3H - Helping Hands for Holidays
A charity founded more than 35 years ago to help disabled children and adults, plus carers, take a holiday.
When You Wish Upon a Star
A small charity aiming to grant the wishes of children suffering life-threatening illnesses, including trips to Disney themeparks.