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.
“We really had an amazing time and were so grateful for the grant we received to enable us to go,” said Ruth.
Serena, 15, and Dylan, 13, have fun on the beach at Pendine Sands, Wales during an outing in 2017 with Dream Holidays, a charity supported by the Adamson Trust, which provides holidays for children from throughout the United Kingdom with cystic fibrosis.
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.
Do you have a holiday video? If so, we would love to see it and perhaps feature it on our website. The address to which the parents or a holiday team leader should send it is: email@example.com
We all feel it is an enormous privilege to be involved with The Adamson Trust. If Agnes Adamson were still alive we are sure she would be absolutely thrilled with the number of children who have benefited from her legacy.