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 disabled children aged between 3 and 17 with physical, mental or emotional impairments. 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.

From the middle of 2020 the Trustees reduced the number  of meetings from four to three, reflecting the impact of the pandemic on our investment income. In future meetings will be held at the beginning of April, July and November. Applications must be received by February 29 for the April meeting, by May 31 for the July meeting, and by September 30 for the November meeting.

To apply  please  download the Individual application form here.

Or the the Group application form here.

Welcome to The Adamson Trust - Disabled children’s holiday charity

Come, come: I have a treat for you!

Pretty Bella is only three and learning to cope with disability early on with loving support from family, friends and help from Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. The work of this charity, which The Adamson Trust supports, includes running a specially adapted cottage in Carnoustie which it makes available to 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 to give a holiday grant 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 £85,000 in 2019. Unfortunately, as with most charities, our income and thus our grants are likely to be reduced over the next few years because of the pandemic.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. 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.

“React is sincerely grateful for the support received from the Adamson Trust which has spanned over many years. Such generous awards have assisted with the running costs of the charity’s mobile homes based in Scotland, providing hundreds of terminally ill children and their families a much needed break and the chance to create precious memories together. On their behalf, we thank you for your kindness and compassion.”

Vicky Andreas, Director

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11-year-old Hannah, racing down a slide at Paradise Wild Park, was among dozens of disabled children who experienced thrills and fun last year with intouch, a London charity which The Adamson Trust supports.  Administrator Rivka Schapira said these outings gave families opportunities to “step off the treadmill of their daily lives and spend quality time connecting with those they love. Many of these families would not otherwise have access to these activities due to the financial strain and the travel complications associated with caring for disabled child.''

Racing down the slide!

Sitting Pretty!

Kangaroos is a charity founded by a group of parents in mid-Sussex in 1994 who all had a disabled child.  Six children were at Kangaroos first club, and they are of course adults now. But the charity - which The Adamson Trust supports - continues running clubs, residential programmes and other activities for later generations, and some founding parents are still involved. To mark its 25th anniversary, Kangaroos took 14 disabled youngsters on a trip to Alton Towers in May 2019. Among them was 9-year-old Tom, sitting pretty beneath a poster.

“We thank the Trustees of The Adamson Trust for the grant for Jake. It means that Jake’s mum will now be able to book the Campsie Glen Holiday Park. Thank you once again.”

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John, gets busy on the sands at Thorpe Park, in Surrey, where the three-year-old and his family enjoyed a respite break in 2019 funded by CF Dream Holidays. Like all the children from throughout the United Kingdom given holidays by this charity each year, John has cystic fibrosis. His body produces thick, sticky mucus which clogs the lungs and digestive system, and there is no cure for this dreadful, life-threatening illness which affects the children every day.  The Adamson Trust supports this charity, which is based in the Isle of Wight.

Just a Dream Holiday!

We’d had a very unexpected difficult year when our newborn baby was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The shock and trauma of what we went through didn’t end when we got her home - the daunting undertaking carrying out treatments and giving medications to keep Ellie well was overwhelming. Our CF team put us forward to Dream Holidays and Elaine took care of every detail, organising a wonderful holiday for us to the Isle of Wight. The kindness and generosity of this charity was overwhelming and really did put some light and fun back into our family. It has really helped us to move on and put the last year behind us. We can’t thank you enough, and all the people and companies that donate to this charity to make this happen for us.

A mother’s thanks to CF Dream Holidays Chief Executive Elaine Tozer:

Rainbow Girl

Over the Wall, based in Hampshire, provides free holiday camps for children who have suffered or are suffering from serious illnesses, including cancer. kidney disease, heart conditions and neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and spina bifida. Every health challenge these children face sounds grim. But there is lots of fun as Imogen, 9, found at a 2019 camp at Tulliallan Castle, Fife.

12-year-old Jude with a new friend, Keyra, 9, at a holiday camp in Whitemoor Lakes. Staffordshire. They were on one of the free holiday camps run in 2019 by a Hampshire-based charity, Over the Wall, for children with experience of serious health challenges.

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After suspending activities because of Covid-19, the Trust resumed work at the end of July 2020 following the easing of restrictions, and new applications are welcome.