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“We have now been providing our services to families for 30 years and it is only through the generosity of organisations such as yours that we are able to continue, and indeed enhance the work of the charity to meet the ever-increasing demands placed upon its limited resources. We believe that quality of life for children and young people with cancer is a right. To be able to offer emotional and practical support to them and their families is a privilege. Thank you so much for helping.” - Eira Gwynn, Appeals Office Manager, Kids Cancer Charity, Cardiff.

10-year-old Ellis was out with FOP Friends which provides respite breaks and supports research into a devastating physical disability. To learn about this rare genetic condition and see some of these brave children, click on our Spotlight page.

FOP Friends

10-year-old Ben and Evie, 9. Two of the thousands of children from the northwest of England who enjoyed residential holidays at The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, in the heart of beautiful Cheshire countryside. The Adamson Trust helps this charity which supports children whose difficulties include visual impairment, learning difficulties, being tube fed or having a life limiting or terminal illness.

Thank you for an amazing and very much well needed holiday in Tenby. We had a fantastic time.

Thank you once again. It did us the worlds of good.

Youngsters from the Dunbar area in Scotland, whose disabilities include autism and global development delay, out and about in June 2019 at the Strathtyre Activity Centre. They were on an outing organised by Happy Days, a charity based in Hertfordshire, which last year was able to help almost 26,000 British children with additional needs. This charity, among those supported by The Adamson Trust, took them on special days ranging from seaside trips to cultural activities. “The experiences that we organise of course give children wonderful memories, but so much more, helping to improve their communication skills, learning development and self esteem,” said Trust Officer Ann DaRocha.

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The Newman Trust’s annual summer holiday


That Tasted Good: 9-year-old Daniel samples a treat during the annual week-long summer holiday for disabled children run by the Newman Trust in Scotland. In 2019,  the Scottish holiday was at a new venue, Strathallan School, in Perthshire. The Trust, a voluntary organisation, relies on donations to give a holiday away from home each year to more than 120 children from throughout Britain.

My Turn Now:  Reversing roles, 10-year-old Charley does the face painting

Out and about!

Teenagers like getting Out and About:  Leeds Weekend Care Association runs a project called just that for teenagers with special needs. Here is 15-year-old Tess, foreground, on a thrilling ride during an outing to Lightwater Valley in 2019. The Association, which The Adamson Trust supports, regularly organises local events including bowling, swimming, live music, eating out, disco, snooker, or anything else with teenage appeal.

Eight-year-old Isaac, having a heap of laughs on board, is not lonely anymore because, like him, all the youngsters on this four-day sailing trip have had cancer. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust runs the trips from  bases in the Isle of Wight and Largs, Scotland, to rebuild the confidence of youngsters who have been through prolonged periods of treatment. Dame Ellen launched the Trust in 2003 after sailing with a similar French charity. Since then more than 2,450  young people will have been supported by the Trust. In 2019, which the Trust describes as a magical summer, 649 youngsters took part.

Isaac, visually impaired from having retinoblastoma when he was younger, got involved with everything, his favourite part being the chance to take the helm of the yacht. He bonded well with his crew mates after some pre-trip nerves. “I don’t really feel as lonely as I do in the real world because everyone has had cancer here and normally, in London,  only a handful of people have cancer, “ he said. Feelings of isolation among such children can be prompted by how healthy everyone else appears. Or, as Isaac put it: “Here I am not surrounded by busy streets full of perfect people.’’ And the magical time on the trip helped him stay positive. “It does make me sad sometimes,” he said of the legacy of his illness. “But I think I can get over it."

The Adamson Trust is delighted to support this charity.

Look at me!

10-year-old Yacov with some serious face-painting during a weekend retreat at the Rooksbury Park Activity Centre in Hampshire organised by a London charity, Sheraton L’Menucha, which runs weekend breaks for children with special needs. Yacov was among 55 children on the break in 2019 run by this charity, which The Adamson Trust supports.

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