Oliver’s Travels are incredibly proud of our ongoing partnership with CHICKS – a national children’s charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK. As intrepid travellers ourselves, we can’t see a more fitting charity to be working with.

Each week from February-December, sixteen children come to stay with the CHICKS team at one of their three retreats. During that week, the children get to take part in an array of activities including arts and crafts, horseriding, days out to the beach and plenty of free play. 

In April 2017 we got to see their good work first-hand, and after seeing the children’s beaming faces we jumped at the chance to spend the day at their Cornwall retreat. 

CHICKS Cornwall retreat 2018

CHICKS Cornwall retreat

After what can only be described as a turbulent trip down to Cornwall, we finally arrived at the retreat at 2pm. We were greeted by Richard and Kayleigh who gave us a tour of the grounds (which are as a cosy as ever), before sitting down for a cuppa and a wrap (a tradition we can’t resist). We then met the children down by the nearby beach where we whittled the hours making sandcastles and exploring caves.

Once their time on the beach was up, we returned to the retreat to indulge in FREE PLAY. Trampolines, football and table tennis – everything synonymous with fun!

Free Play!

Free play!

This is what our Co-Founder Ravi had to say about the day in Cornwall, “The time we continue to spend with the team and the volunteers, I’m reminded about the importance of making happy memories from a young age. The work they do is impressive, I’ve never seen kids so happy and content and I’m sure they’ll remember their time with CHICKS for a lifetime.”

Spending time with the children is always a breath of fresh air. Considering all the difficulties they face at such a young age; their happiness is both infectious and heart-warming. 

On our way home, we shared stories and funny anecdotes from the day with each other – working with CHICKS is something we will always be grateful for.

Thank you!

In 2017, with your help we raised £21,600 as part of our Book a Break, Give a Break campaign. Unanimously, we knew we couldn’t stop there; so, for every booking we make, we donate 1% of profits to CHICKS.

Every £15,000 covers the cost of a week’s retreat for 16 children – all of which wouldn’t be possible without your support, so, from us and CHICKS we want to say a big thank you!

If you know a child who could benefit from a CHICKS break, please refer them! Children are referred to CHICKS for many reasons. They could be living in poverty, be young carers or be subject to neglect, abuse, emotional distress or any other situation that causes them to have a hard time at home. They’ll need to be between 8-15 years old, and you’ll need to complete the referral form. It’s straightforward, and you could really make all the difference!

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