Christmas at Fenny Bentley
Most children in the UK couldn't imagine a Christmas that wasn't spent with their family, in a warm home, with a stocking at the end of their bed and presents under the tree, and with plenty of food to eat and games to play.
Sadly, many of the children referred to children's charity CHICKS can only dream of a Christmas like this. The reality of their lives is hardship: crowded temporary accommodation, reliance on food banks, and no money for the basics like electricity and school shoes – let alone luxuries such as Christmas food and presents.
CHICKS provides free respite breaks year-round for some of the UK's most deprived and vulnerable children. At Christmas, we open up our doors and invite children who have some of the most desperate home lives to spend this special time of the year with us. This year, they're coming to our Daleside Retreat in Fenny Bentley for the first time!
We want to give them a Christmas to remember – one that they will cherish for years to come.
While they are with us for those precious few days, they will enjoy a stocking at the end of their bed on Christmas morning, a traditional Christmas dinner, fun and games, presents to unwrap under the tree, and even a visit to the pantomime.
But we can't do this without your help... Please will you make a donation so the children can enjoy a Christmas break in Fenny Bentley?
Giving a child hope, fun and laughter at Christmas time can mean so much for them. Because of their home situations, many of these young people lose their confidence and self-belief – they lose hope for the future. But in just a few days over Christmas, we can help to change this, by giving them love, care and the chance to experience Christmas as a child, without any worries or stress.