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Project information


To give a break to young carers who look after a parent or sibling with cancer. The youngsters are between 9 and 18 years and sacrifice their childhood for the sake of their families. They get the chance to go on a park break with their families to get away from their stressful duties for a while.

March 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: Sail 4 Cancer

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  • Need


    We currently have many more youngsters in need of a break than what we can afford to provide. The number grows each year due to the prevalence of the disease and the cuts to welfare spending.


    We give these youngsters the opportunity to experience what their peers take for granted - a family holiday!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide breaks to 61 youngster between the ages of 9 and 18 over the next year.


    » We run various fundraising campaigns during the year including events, auctions and challenges.

    What success will look like

    We will be able to monitor the success by the number of youngsters who benefit and from the feedback we receive.

  • Impact


    The youngsters and their families are asked to provide feedback on how it contributed to family life and how they cope with the cancer diagnosis as a family.


    An ongoing risk is that we do not raise enough funding to help all the families on the waiting list.


    We provide an annual report on the progress of the project each year outlining the numbers and feedback from the families.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £58,000 Total Break Cost x 61 Giving breaks to 61 youngsters and their families (up to six people)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    February Foundation £5,000 Conditional
    Charity Ball £8,000 Guaranteed
    Regatta Auction £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    It is national.


    Youngsters from all areas, ethic and gender groups between 9 and 18 years.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have long-standing relationships with large national cancer charities, cancer units at hospitals and specialist treatment centres who refer families to us. We also have excellent relationships with the travel and leisure industry.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cathy Jenkins

    Cathy manages our family respite programme.

    Pippa Ashton

    Pippa is the coordinator who acts as the link between the families and the break providers.