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.
In mid-2020 the Trustees reduced the number of meetings from four to three a year, reflecting the impact of the pandemic. However, many charities were able to resume running their clubs and outings in 2021 for the first time in 18 months - after what was a particularly difficult time for handicapped children and their carers - and the Trust has reverted to holding four meetings annually. These are at the beginning of February, May, August and November. Applications must be received by December 31 for the February meeting, by March 31 for the May meeting, by June 30 for the August 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.
11-year-old Ellie, who is blind, holds on tight before a big jump. Ellie, with her family, was among 20 families on a residential outing with Moorvision, a charity in Devon and Cornwall which supports children and young people with vision impairment - one of the least common disabilities of childhood. Moorvision’s first residential trip for 18 months was a packed three days in September 2021 at Skern Lodge Activity Centre in Appledore, North Devon, where the youngsters enjoyed activities such as high-rope climbing and kayaking. The Adamson Trust supports this charity.
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 holiday grants 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 disabilities. The original £10,000 has grown with careful nurturing, and since 2002 the Trust has actively publicised its work. The amount paid out to deserving children and their families has increased from £6,380 in 2002 to about £89,500 in the year ending March 2020. Grants fell when the pandemic hit, but the Trust appears on course to resume the level of pre-pandemic distributions.
The conditions for receiving a grant are straightforward and should not discourage anyone from applying. The child must be between 3 and 17, and we require 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. Also, where an award covers a relatively small part of the holiday cost, the Trustees may seek assurances that the family has sufficient personal or supplementary funding to cover the balance. We 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.
We now have a website, and the seven Trustees consider many more applications every quarter and give away a lot more money. The May meeting is the one at which we have the most applications, often 50 or 60, as families plan summer holidays. Most applicants are from Scotland or England, although the number from Northern Ireland and Wales has increased in recent years. Applications from schools and other charities remain fairly steady, but there are now many more from individual families. Some have children with physical disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis, but increasingly there are applications from families with children who are autistic or have Asperger’s Syndrome.
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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.
12-year-old Harriet, who is vision impaired, and her sister, Erin, 14, were among those on the first residential outing which Moorvision, a charity in Devon and Cornwall, was able to hold for 18 months. The families got together in September 2021 at an activity centre in North Devon.
"We were delighted to resume our respite breaks this year, the self contained nature of the caravans gives the children the extra protection from close contact that makes breaks suitable for children receiving treatment and convalescing”, said Appeals Officer Julian Canning. "We’ve had a busy season, with a lot of very grateful families. After months on end of solitude, confined to homes and hospitals, many children are having the chance to be a unit again.”
The charity extended the opening of its caravans until the second week of November 2021 due to demand, and a lot of interest has already been logged for next spring. "It’s lovely for the children and their families to have something positive to look forward to, a goal during the winter months,” he added.
Kangaroos, a charity which The Adamson Trust supports, was founded in 1994 by a group of parents in mid-Sussex with disabled children. It has carried on giving fun and help to new generations. Its residential outing in August 2021 was particularly special - for many of the youngsters it was the first time in 18 months, because of Covid restrictions, that they had spent a night away from home without their families. The pandemic meant particular isolation for such families.
The 73 youngsters of varying abilities met some big challenges. For some this included high ropes, or braving underground tunnels and muddy obstacles at the Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre. There were walks, evening camp fires with sing songs and toasted marshmallows. “Their confidence was increased by trying and succeeding at some new activities,’’ said Kangaroos Grants and Contracts Manager Jenni Herrett. “Perhaps the biggest benefit was giving them the opportunity to once again spend time with other members, reestablishing and making new friendships. Their parent carers also benifited from some rare and precious time out."
Like many of the charities The Adamson Trust supports, the Welsh-based Kids Cancer Charity was forced by Covid to suspend for 16 months the holidays it provides for families with a child suffering from cancer. The first family was back in one of its caravans on 28 May 2021, as it was only then the charity felt the caravans were safe. The 8-year-old girl pictured here spent five days with her family in a luxury static caravan at Tenby in Pembrokeshire in late July. As well as its caravans on the Welsh coast, and advising these traumatised families, the charity, founded in 1989, has a villa linked to the Walt Disney World Resort and and facility in Disneyland Paris.
A lovely hand written note from Max, aged 12, from Stirling, who is autistic, saying how much he enjoyed a trip we helped with to Centre Parcs.
Where families might be facing the toughest battle for their beautiful child, CCLASP will be there to help whenever, and for as long as you need them … you need never feel alone.
Edinburgh-based CCLASP, which The Adamson Trust supports, was founded in 1994 by a couple whose son survived after years of gruelling treatment for leukaemia. It has helped, including with holidays, hundreds of families across Scotland with a child with cancer or leukaemia.