Five-year-old Mason, who has Down’s Syndrome, had an exciting time on reindeer sleigh rides in Lapland - and then got to see Santa himself. Mason with his mother, Ruth, and brother Alexander, 13, after a sleigh ride at Christmas 2016. “We really had an amazing time and were so grateful for the grant we received to enable us to go,” said Ruth.

Catherine, with her grandmother, exploring with touch at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, during a trip in May 2017 organised by POPSY, a Welsh-based charity which supports children who are blind and have other special needs.

For Anna, 14, from Davidson’s Mains, Scotland, the adapted cottage in Carnoustie run by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBHS), is more than a holiday home. “Due to her age and spinal injury, Anna can’t be lifted, she must be hoisted,” said Anna’s mother, Alison, after the family’s most recent visit. “Having somewhere that is specially adapted like Rebecca Cottage is a real life saver and we would be lost without it.” Anna’s 8-year-old brother, Calum, who is not disabled, loves it too. “When you have a child in a wheelchair, the other can miss out on things like going to the beach as we can’t get the chair on to the sand. But it is a 10 second walk to the beach," added Alison. SBHS, which The Adamson Trust supports, gives families subsidised breaks at Rebecca Cottage.

Baby Daisy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis soon after her birth in October 2016. Here she is surrounded by flowers with her big sister in the Isle of Wight on an outing with Dream Holidays. The charity, which is supported by The Adamson Trust,  provides holidays for children with this incurable condition.

7-year-old Jed, who is autistic, pops out of an egg. The Adamson Trust helped with the holiday for Jed and his family, who are from mid-Lothian.

Nine-year-old Jack, from Ayrshire, who has Down’s Syndrome, taking it easy during a family holiday in Spain in the summer of 2017. “We had a really, really lovely family holiday together - first ever, " said Jack’s mother, Jo. “Without your grant we wouldn’t have afforded this type of holiday and possibly may have just given up on trying to take a family holiday at all. Can’t thank you enough."

4-year-Tom has complex medical problems, including a heart defect, profound deafness and respiratory complications. But on the shoulders of his father, Colin, at Alton Towers in May 2017, Tom just had fun. A grant from The Adamson Trust helped to have  a carer on the trip to keep Tom safe overnight, while his parents got some sleep for the next day’s activities.

A teenager’s dream: having a go on a quad bike. Eddie, 14, was taking part in the out-of-school activities run by Kangaroos. Leo (above left) was on the same camp.

“Your generosity enabled our organisation to arrange activities and weekends to enhance the lives of the participants, while granting reprieve for their families. The smiles on the kids’ faces are testimony to the unbelievable value of your contribution.” Shabaton L’Menucha, a London charity that arranges weekend trips for children with special needs.

Leo, 16, was among teenagers with complex neurological problems who stayed at the 2017 residential summer camp in Berkshire run by Playaway, a charity which also has a day time camp in the summers for 3-11 year-olds. The Adamson Trust supports Playaway.

Leo, 16, in determined mode at the Lodge Hill outdoor centre in Sussex in 2017. The centre is used by Kangaroos, a charity which a group of parents set up in 1993 to provide out-of-school activities for children with severe learning difficulties. The Adamson Trust supports Kangaroos.