The Adamson Trust is a long established Perthshire charity based in Crieff.
We are able to give financial help with the cost of holidays or respite breaks for youngsters aged between 3 and 17 with physical, mental or emotional disabilities. We can only give help for this purpose.
Who Can Apply?
Individual families can apply and, in addition, we accept applications on behalf of groups of children, organisations and other registered charities.
How Do I Apply?
The application form asks for some detailed information about the child, and also about the planned holiday. It is essential that this is provided.
Please apply as soon as the holiday is planned. The Trustees, all from the Crieff area, meet four times a year to decide on grants – in February, May, August and November. Applications for the February meeting must be in by November 30 the previous year, for the May meeting by March 31, for the August meeting by June 30, and for the November meeting by September 30.
To apply please download the Individual application form here.
Or the the Group application form here.
Where’s the wind gone!
A charming boy with a charming smile: six-year-old Luke is among the youngsters helped by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. This charity, which The Adamson Trust supports, runs a specially adapted cottage in Carnoustie for use by families with a disabled child.
Who we are and what we do
The Adamson Trust, a charitable trust, was set up in 1947 by Agnes Adamson, a Crieff resident, with an endowment of £10,000 to buy and support a respite home or a holiday home for disabled children. However, the Trustees at the time decided instead to finance holidays and respite breaks for children with a wide range of illnesses and difficulties. The original £10,000 has grown with careful nurturing by the Trustees, and since 2002 the Trust has been actively publicising its work. The amount paid out to deserving children and their families has increased from £6,380 in 2002 to about £80,000 a year now. The conditions for receiving a grant are straightforward and should not discourage anyone from applying. The child must be between 3 and 17, and there must be evidence of a disability from a medical or social services professional. We may ask for evidence that our grants have been used for the holidays proposed in the applications. Also, where an award constitutes a relatively small part of the cost of the holiday, the Trustees may seek assurances that the child's family has sufficient personal or supplementary funding to cover the balance.
The Trustees also believe that disabled children should be able to go on holiday, with or without their families. An added benefit is respite for the families. The Trust sought to publicise itself initially through contacting local hospital departments and agencies. Then with the growth of the Internet, we developed our own website - which we hope you like. We now have six Trustees as well as our hard-working Administrator, Edward Elworthy. There are many more applications to consider every quarter, and we give away a lot more money. The meeting we hold in May each year is always the one at which we have most applications as families plan their summer holidays, and often we have 50 or 60 applications to discuss at this meeting. Most applicants are from Scotland or England, although in recent years we have received more requests from Northern Ireland and Wales. The number of applications from schools and other charities has remained fairly steady over the years, but now we receive many more from individual families. Many of their children have physical disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis, but recently we have received an increasing number of applications from families with children who are autistic or have Asperger’s Syndrome. We try to help as many families as possible as we know how important a holiday can be.
This is AJ, aged 10, at the helm on holiday at the Calvert Trust in Kielder, Northumberland. AJ, as he is always known, went there with the No Limits Sports Club, based in West Lothian, Scotland, whose members range from the severely disabled to people with mild learning difficulties. 2018 was the first time The Adamson Trust has supported this small charity.
Full steam ahead!
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12-year-old Aimee, from Eastbourne, fell for Betsy Bunny during a summer holiday in 2018 at Bunn Leisure in West Sussex. Aimee, whose disabilities include severe epilepsy and autism, swam every day and, with her big sister, Katie, and parents, took in some of the shows at the centre. “This holiday was even more special because as soon as we came back Aimee had corrective foot surgery, meaning she had both legs in plaster for six weeks,’” said her mother, Marie. “Having the opportunity to have such special family time before the surgery was just amazing. Thank you so much."
Cassandra, 7, from Edinburgh, with her mother, Marta, during a family holiday on a farm in Lancashire during 2018. Cassandra, whose disabilities include hypotonic cerebral palsy, respiratory problems and impaired vision, stayed in an adapted cottage with her parents and two sisters.
“From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you,’’ Marta told The Adamson Trust. “Cassie enjoyed her lovely holiday on the farm, with horses just next door to us and with the accessible cottage with a wet room and plenty of storage for all of her equipment.”
“These weekends provide crucial opportunities for young people to participate in sociable, stimulating and rewarding activities that they might not otherwise access because of their epilepsy,” said Robyn Friel, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Epilepsy Scotland.
“The most generous support of The Adamson Trust will ensure terminally ill children are given an opportunity to make memories with their families,” Vicky Andreas, Director of React, a London-based charity for children who are terminally ill.
The Trust has contributed regularly to the upkeep of React’s mobile home at Seton Sands, Scotland, where about 30 families get week-long breaks annually.