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The Fund aims to provide grants to support individuals of any age with a long-term illness, or disability and their carers in need of a respite holiday.

Holidays should be in the UK and based on individual needs and preferences; a holiday in Europe will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. An application can be made for a short weekend break or a longer one or two-week holiday, either package or tailor-made, whichever best meets the individual’s needs. All holidays will need to be booked through our appointed specialist independent travel agent Dawson and Sanderson at one of their branches and they cannot be booked online. Dawson and Sanderson branch finder: Click here

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from social workers or other health care professionals working in related fields who support individuals with a life limiting illness, disability, dependency, recent bereavement or hospitalization. Individuals need to be living within the following areas:

  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar & Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Darlington

Respite for people with neurological conditions:

Applications should be completed by case workers, support workers, social workers or other professionals working in related fields, on behalf of their client who can be an individual of any age with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions living in the following areas: 

• County Durham
• Darlington
• Gateshead
• South Shields
• Sunderland
• Local authorities in the old County of Cleveland