Project information

2018 Family Camp's

To help families with a child or children with serious or life-limiting illness. Our 4 annual Family Camps provide a much needed respite from the everyday pressures and frustrations that serious illnesses in children creates & allow parents & children to meet others who share these same challenges

April 2018 - October 2018

Charity information: Over The Wall

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  • Need


    There is great deal of stress on a family unit coping with a child with severe disability. This can lead to a sense of isolation, sadness and at times depression, feeling disconnected from the community. The impact is felt across the whole family.


    We help families to develop coping strategies which will enable them to collectively face the challenges of the ill child's diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Our Therapeutic Recreation programme has proven to increase the self-esteem, confidence and resilience of not only the child with the illness, but also their siblings and parents. We give the families an opportunity to relax and care for themselves whilst at camp. For many of our families, this will be the only holiday they get.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support family units to take time, relax, have fun and enjoy each others company; respite


    » Each family is supported by their own volunteer 'buddy' who will make sure they gain the most enjoyment from their time with us
    » We run a full, varied, and fully accessible activity programme, comprising physical, creative and team activities, designed for maximum FUN
    » Volunteer medical professionals run our 'Med Shed' facility, &take care of all medical needs whilst at camp, ensuring peace of mind

    What success will look like

    Through formal & informal feedback received at camp and post camp. Families repeatedly tell us that camp gives them time and space to reconnect, feel 'normal' and simply have fun

    Aim 2

    To give every member of the family time to connect with their peers


    » Our Activity Volunteers will take care of the children so that adults have time alone to talk, share experiences and connect

    What success will look like

    Again, formal feedback shows how much children and adults gain from spending time with others in same situation. Camp vastly reduces feelings of isolation and of being 'set apart'.

    Aim 3

    A 'taster' of OTW camps, giving parents and children confidence to apply for our week long camps


    » Family Camp enables parents and children to experience the magic of camp and develop confidence to apply for our week long child only camps

    What success will look like

    100% of families who attended our Family Camps in 2016 said they would happily consider applying for our week long (child only) Serious Illness and Siblings Camps.

  • Impact


    A key aim of our camps is to improve the quality of life of the children who attend and to promote their life chances, by helping them to overcome the limitations of their illness, improve confidence and self-esteem, enhance coping mechanisms and to develop peer relationships. We help the children develop important life skills, including inter personal skills, as well as encouraging them to develop practical skills, for example around personal care, leading to greater levels of independence.


    As we are entirely reliant on voluntary income to fund our work, not achieving our fundraising targets could lead to a reduction in camps and camper places offered. We have developed a robust fundraising plan which has, in the last 3 years, seen our income increase from £693,000 in 2012 to £1,184,963 in 2016. In the same time, our cost of fundraising relative to income has reduced from 32% to 22%.


    We issue annual reports for each donor, clearly indicating how we spent their donation and how the people we exist to support benefited. These reports are entirely tailored to account for restricted donations, (donations to specific camps or specific items of equipment / resources for example).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £52,253

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,587 Venue Hire Midlands Family Camp - May
      £8,572 Venue Hire Scotland Family Camp - April
      £11,284 Venue Hire Midlands Family Camp - Autumn
      £9,810 Venue Hire South Family Camp - May
  • Background


    Our Midlands Family Camps will take place at Whitemoor Lakes, Lichfield in Staffordshire. South Family Camp will be at Liddington PGL Centre near Swindon. Scotland Family Camp takes place at Tulliallan Castle, Fife.


    We seek to provide places at our camps for those who have the most to gain from attending. We have an entirely open applications process. Anyone can apply. All applicants are asked to provide medical assessment completed by their consultant, GP or specialist nurse. Priority is given to those who have not attended an OTW camp before. We are uniquely able to accommodate a very wide range of illnesses and conditions (over 140 in 2016).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a small charity but with huge ambition. Our overheads are low and, as a member of the SeriousFun Children's Network, we benefit from an annual donation towards core costs which means that over 90% of all other donations go directly to funding our camps. We are a quality provider. Our Safeguarding Policies have been approved by the NSPCC. Care Inspectorate reviews of our camps have consistently awarded us with scored of ‘5 - very good’ and ‘6 – excellent’ across every category reviewed.

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    Our Volunteers

    Our volunteers form the core of our organisation; they work directly with our children and facilitate the life-changing benefits of our camps.

    Mark O'Dwyer

    Camp Director - Leads staff and volunteers at every camp we run. Responsible for safety of all and for delivering quality, fun programmes.

    Natalie Marshall

    Clinical Director - lead contact for medical volunteers who run our 'Med Shed's at camp. Responsible for pre-camp assessment of campers & care plans

Family Camp

Family Camp


pays for a family member to attend one of our weekend long family camps

At Family Camp for the first time, there wasn’t an elephant in the room. All of the families were in the same situation. So much of the camp was just pure fun and so light-hearted. It was brilliant!

Julie, Camper parent