Project information

The Big Sleepover for Children with Disabilities

We are aiming to support 2,654 sleepovers (overnight respite breaks) for children with disabilities. Every child's stay is supported in some way by voluntary income. Your support will help us to provide these sleepovers so our children can have fun, make friends, in a trusted, fun, safe home.


Charity information: Cherry Trees

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  • Need


    All of our children have a range of complex physical and learning disabilities. Often they are challenged by more than one disability. Because of their complex special needs, our young people require very special care around the clock. Most children attend special needs schools and we are here to provide respite care for families to get an overnight stay weekdays, weekend or during holidays. Our objective is to reach out to as many families as possible, to help prevent family breakdown.


    It has been proven that by providing respite stays for children with disabilities, it gives the family a chance to rest, spend time with siblings and catch up on all those things which cant be done whilst caring for a child. This means that more families stay together and reduces the need for children to go into full-time care. Cherry Trees can provide this respite care to families in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and London.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give children with disabilities the chance to socialise, gain new friends and grow in independence


    » Provide highly qualified, caring and trusted staff to ensure that children relax, have fun and enjoy their stay so much so they want to come back.

    What success will look like

    We will be able to give examples of children that stay overnight, what social independence skills and new experiences they have achieved.

    Aim 2

    Give parents the chance of a break from caring for their child.


    » By providing the overnights, parents can choose how to spend their time and recharge their batteries and energy to care ongoing.

    What success will look like

    Case studies from parents that receive overnight stays for their children and how this respite has impacted on their lives.

  • Impact


    We are helping to keep families together. Enabling our children to grow in independence, explore new experiences and opportunities and make friends. We put the child first and the disability second. We work in true collaboration with families, young people and professionals to ensure the care and services we deliver are making a real difference. We know that by the time our children are ready to move on the overnights have helped them to gain the confidence of being away from home and family.


    Our main risk would be not having sufficient voluntary income to support these stays.
    We have dealt with this by having a good fundraising strategy that is spread across various areas of fundraising so that we can build our supporter base and increase our income.


    We will provide updates on how the money has been spent, stories of the children who have come for an overnight stay and the difference that has made to the child and their families.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Care The voluntary income required to support 2654 sleepovers. This includes all food, care, activities
  • Background


    Cherry Trees is based in East Clandon, just outside Guildford. We have families using our services from Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and London. We offer supported stays all the way up to bursary (100% of the cost) and we can deal with many complex disabilities.

    From a recent report on short breaks, 4 out of 10 family carers have experienced cuts to their short breaks and 8 out 10 family carers say they have reached breaking point due to a lack of short breaks.


    Children aged 0-19 years can stay at Cherry Trees. Not only do the children benefit but parents receive the much-needed respite break. Many parents call iCherry trees a lifeline.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cherry Trees has been providing respite care for over 37 years. We are unique in that we provide a home from home environment and are the leading charitable supplier of respite care in Surrey. Families come from Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and London to use our services. We are assessed by Ofsted and the last report stated this children’s home is good because the range of in-house and external activities provide children with a variety of experiences.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Bryant


    Peter Davey

    Head of Care

    Paula Rankin

    Deputy Head of Care


£65 doubled to £130 would pay for one of our night staff to be available for the whole night.

Without Cherry Trees in our lives, we just couldn’t keep going. Like most modern families both my Husband and I have to go to work – not easy when you’ve been up since 3am, attending to a young child, for the sixth night on the trot.