For 28 years, we have prided ourselves on our ability to give children and young people who feel sad, frightened or alone moments to giggle carelessly, become champions at board games, tell stories, and share adventures on beaches, around campfires and through beautiful valleys and forests.
On Friday 20 March 2020, for the first time in our history, all CHICKS breaks stopped. And it's our turn to feel afraid.
Afraid that we can't give the young boy grieving the loss of his mum a fun week with supportive friends. That we can't give a girl living in poverty the chance to eat home-cooked meals every day. That we won't be able to support every young person who needs a friendly face to get through the day.
While the COVID-19 pandemic develops, we are thinking of every way we might be able to continue our support for vulnerable children and young people. But with our own and national fundraising events and activities either cancelled or postponed indefinitely, and all our shops closed, we are facing a loss of income that could prevent us from being able to reinstate the breaks we’re so proud of, when they'll be needed more crucially than ever.
What happens now?
It's you who can ensure that countless children and young people who face serious and worsening challenges over the coming weeks are able to return to CHICKS for a break the moment it is safe to do so – for a week to breathe freely, run wildly, laugh uncontrollably and go home knowing happiness is at home at CHICKS.
Your help is needed now more than ever. Please give children hope that one day they'll be back at CHICKS, braving the dizzying heights of rock-climbing walls, splashing in muddy puddles and snuggling up for bedtime stories.
How can I help?
- Click or tap the link below to make an online donation
- Text CHICKS to 70085 to make a one-off donation of £10 (this costs £10 plus your standard rate message)
- Text CHICKS to 70450 to make a monthly donation of £10 (this costs £10 per month, plus 2 standard rate messages)
Whether you're able to give £2, £10 or £500, every single pound will mean a happy memory is made in future. Thank you for believing in CHICKS.