A short break away is often key for the survival of family relationships during the roller coaster ride of childhood cancer. For this reason we feel it is important to give families the quality time together that they need, away from hospitals, doctors and treatment, but not too far from a UK hospital.
Our Respite Breaks enable everyone to sit back and relax like a 'normal' family where cancer is not the main issue of the day. Often these short breaks away can be 'just what the doctor ordered', or so we are told!
If your child is under 18 years old and has been diagnosed with or undergone treatment for cancer or leukaemia in the last 12 months, you can apply for a Respite Break. We allocate these on a first come, first served basis and priority will be given to children who have siblings in school for Respite Breaks outside of term time. If you have previously received a Respite Break from Lennox, priority will be given to new applicants.
We don't change anything for you to stay at or holiday home. There are no hidden charges and, if possible, we may sometimes be able offer you a little spending money!
We own two holiday homes in the UK which are used solely for Respite Break holidays. Both of our holiday homes are at Shorefield Country Park, close to the beach and seaside towns. There is a lodge and a caravan, which both accommodate up to eight guests.
Please be aware that our holiday homes are not currently adapted for wheelchair access.
Our holiday homes are available throughout the holiday season set by each park. All Respite Breaks are for all seven nights beginning on a Saturday.
We ask you to request three choices of date on the application form, one of which should be outside of school holidays. Each year we list some of the upcoming dates that have already been booked on the calendar below. Please bear in mind that this list may not show all of the dates already booked but should serve as a guide for you to avoid some of the unavailable dates.
The school holiday dates are in very high demand and are often filled very quickly. We do our best to allocate breaks as fairly as possible using the set criteria.
We strongly recommend that you put at least one date outside of the school holidays. Doing this will not reduce your chances of being allocated a school holiday date but will increase your chances of being allocated a break if you are not allocated one during the school holidays.
We understand that education is very important and we do not encourage you to take children out of school during SATS or GCSE preparation years. However, we will provide a letter to support a request to your child's school for time off during the term.
The dates listed below will give you a guide to which dates have already been booked and are therefore unavailable. If you cannot go away on any of the available dates, you are welcome to submit a form to go on the waiting list for cancellations.
To apply for support please contact your hospital social/support worker or health professional. They will assess your circumstances and make direct contact with our Family Support Manager, Vicky Nash, to discuss your needs and apply on your behalf.
Alternatively, you can complete the application form below and sent it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Lennox Children's Cancer Fund
1-3 Western Road
Holidays make families stronger, happier and healthier
"Thank you for a splendid holiday. It was amazing and the girls loved it. The cabin was perfect and we wanted for nothing. It was immaculately clean and the girls loved their rooms and the toys. It was truly a wonderful family holiday. Please, please, please pass on our thanks to your team for organising it and most importantly your supporters who made our summer holiday possible and perfect in every way"
"We have been swimming at the pool and there is so much to do here. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to have such a great time"
Thank you for our amazing caravan holiday. We had the most amazing time. Our break away was really appreciated. We visited Paignton Zoo, Living Coats, Torquay and Dartmouth on the steam train. The girls loved it"
"Thank you for making it possible to have a lovely holiday. The New Forest is so beautiful! It's been a really relaxing week"
"This really is a terrific way of helping families going through all this and it makes a huge difference just knowing there are people out there that care so much"
"Both of the children loved the 'holiday house' and other than Ruby's daily chemo, life was thoroughly enjoyable for a week. It was so nice to get away together and spend some quality time in such a beautiful location. Ruby was very well (and often isn't at this stage) and able to enjoy some days travelling all over the south coast. There was a brief moment where we took her temperature because she was looking a little flushed. Turns out that kids can do that when they are having so much fun! It's been a while and we had forgotten! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!"