For many children growing up in poverty, or in deprived inner city areas,
the chance to visit the seaside or enjoy days out or is often
a distant dream. CHICKS is a national children's charity which provides
some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK with free, week-long,
respite breaks in the countryside and by the sea. The children we help are
aged between eight and 15, and come to us from across the UK.
CHICKS began in 1992 and has grown from helping just 25 children in
its first year to now helping 1,200 a year enjoy what is often the first
‘holiday' of their lives. We are one of the leading national providers of this
service and, in our 20th anniversary year, are proud to have provided over
10,000 under-privileged children with the chance to escape situations of
deprivation or challenging circumstances and benefit from some much
needed respite care.
Our aim is to provide children with the chance of a childhood where they
can develop some really positive, happy childhood memories no matter
how tough things are at home