Send a message of hope and postivity
Ordinarily, CHICKS’ retreats would be filled with children and young people from far and wide,…Read more
We're excited to announce our new partnership with Oliver's Travels! For every holiday booked with them by 31st January, they'll donate 1% of the holiday cost to us!
They're aiming to raise £15,000 to cover the cost of a CHICKS break for 16 children at our Moorland Retreat in April 2017.
Oliver's Travels specialises in luxury villa holidays, so if you want to treat your family to an extra special holiday next year, why not have a browse on their site - you'll be helping us at the same time!
All the money raised will support children in the UK who need it most, like 9-year-old Callum*.
Callum lives in Hackney. He has recently moved to the UK with his family and, whilst they have been granted residence here, they are not currently entitled to any financial assistance so the family of five are living in poverty. Callum and his siblings are on a child protection plan after his brother disclosed that their father was physically abusive towards him, his siblings and their mother. The family’s Children and Young People Services team referred Callum to CHICKS as they felt that he could do with some time away from his difficult home circumstances and enjoy some positive new experiences.
When Callum arrived at CHICKS he was so excited at the prospect of going on his first ever holiday and he spent the entire Monday evening grinning from ear to ear with enthusiasm. It was a week of firsts for Callum and he relished the opportunity to try new things, throwing himself into all of the activities on the break. He was incredibly proud of all of his achievements and was appreciative of everything – even the simple things such as the bed he slept in each night! Callum was a friendly and happy child and made lots of new friends, creating some really strong friendships with his peers. He also loved getting to spend time with the adults and enjoyed playing pool with them during ‘free play’ – especially when he beat them! Callum told the Respite Break Leaders that he thought CHICKS was “awesome” and said “I wish I could live here forever!”
Thank you to all the team at Oliver's Travels, and to everyone booking holidays!!