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3:29 PM 23rd July 2020

Charity Appeals For Help To Provide Free Holidays For Vulnerable Children

Yorkshire Children’s Trust are a small regional charity offering emotional and financial support to children with any long term illnesses or disabilities, especially those who would fall through the ‘funding gap’ of traditional support channels.

Derwent TV lounge
Derwent TV lounge
The charity, founded in 2011 and based in Halifax supports children all across the Yorkshire region. One of the main avenues of support is free respite breaks, not just for the poorly child, but mum, dad and any siblings too.

On many occasions, the families have never had a holiday because of the financial strain of having a long term disabled child, but are able to take a break with Yorkshire Children’s Trust to help ‘recharge their batteries’ and have some family time together in a relaxed and informal holiday home.

The charity has been providing these breaks for Yorkshire families since 2011, initially working with Haven but then providing their breaks directly with their own static caravan on the East coast of Yorkshire.

Derwent bedroom
Derwent bedroom
To continue to provide these respite services the charity need to raise £39,000 to purchase a new caravan and wheelchair decking to help expand their support to children who have limited mobility. The charity is putting out an urgent appeal to help raise the funds as soon as possible and has already received an anonymous contribution of £10,000 towards the fund.

The charity is placing a call out to local businesses in the Yorkshire area to see if they would like to help sponsor the cost of the caravan. A permanent plaque is to be placed in the caravan with the names of the organisations that helped with a donation to the appeal.

Anyone that would like to donate to the appeal can do so on the official Justgiving page, https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/yct or by contacting Simon Widdop the Charity Founder via email on simon@yctrust.uk