It was reported in the Tavistock Times Gazette on 14th September 2017 that CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) will not be hosting breaks for disadvantaged children at its Brentor site in 2018. Apparently the charity, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, needs to raise a six figure sum to refurbish and improve the Brentor residential centre, although they will continue to use part of the premises as their headquarters in the meantime. They will continue to offer breaks for children at their Cornwall and Derbyshire centres.
Country Holidays for Inner City Kids
For many children growing up in the UK the chance to enjoy days out or a visit to the beach is a distant dream. CHICKS is a children’s charity which provides disadvantaged children in the UK with free, week long respite breaks in the countryside and by the sea at the charity’s retreats in Brentor, Tywardreath, Cornwall and in Daleside in Derbyshire .
The children are aged between 8 and 15 and come from a variety of backgrounds including children that live in poverty, have suffered abuse and act as young carers for sick or disabled family members. Their circumstances at home mean that they are missing out on ‘normal’ childhood experiences, and they all share the fact they desperately need a break.
This year CHICKS aims to help 1,200 disadvantaged children from right across the country, giving them what is often the first ‘holiday’ of their lives. During their break, the children have the chance to form happy childhood memories, make new friends and take part in activities like climbing, horse riding, surfing and team games.
The charity stays in touch with the children even after their break has finished. CHICKS operates a free letter writing service and replies to every single letter it receives from the children. Furthermore, every child who attends a CHICKS break is sent a birthday card and Christmas present that year so at these special times, they know someone is thinking of them.
CHICKS receives no government funding and relies solely on voluntary donations as well as the support of hundreds of volunteers to help on the weekly breaks, assist with fundraising activities and help in their offices.
If you’d like to get involved with CHICKS or would like to find out more, please visit www.chicks.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01822 811020.