Days Out Grants

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Grant providing charitable trust

The charity’s ongoing focus is to relieve the needs of children (under 18 year olds) by reason of finance, illness, or other disadvantage, by the provision of grants to improve their conditions of life.

The Charity is particularly interested in applications for grants that will provide children with enjoyment, not just the basic essentials of daily life, though these may also be funded where deemed appropriate.

Disability Grants Website

Grants listing website

Disability Grants is a website that lists a massive number of grants that are available throughout the UK. It also has various other information and resources about various disabilities and a map of holiday caravans that are owned by charities around the UK.

Dream Makers

Charity offers holidays for disabled and terminally ill and can provide equipment

Dream Makers is a charity that offers holidays to the disabled, terminally ill, underprivileged and those with special needs.

They have also granted requests for TVs for the visually impaired and tablets to help with special needs learning, wheelchairs and specially adapted bikes etc

Happy Days Children's Charity

Days out and holidays for children with special needs

Helps families and groups by organising and funding special days and holidays such as trips to the seaside, theatres, zoos, museums, outdoor activity centres, sporting events and other educational and cultural activities for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties.

Kids Out

Days out and portable sensory rooms

Kids Out primarily runs the Fun Days scheme, which takes disadvantaged children across the UK on a fun day out and helps them remember what it is like to just be children. Whether a trip to the theatre or a day at a theme park, Fun Days gives them something to look forward to and happy memories they can look back on.

They also offer:

Toy Box delivers a box of brand new toys and games to children who have been rehoused due to domestic violence.

Phyzzpod uses multi-sensory environments to help young children learn and explore creatively. Particularly benefitting children with learning and physical disabilities, each Phyzzpod is a semi-portable sensory learning room that includes coloured lighting, bubble tubes, effects projectors, sound and video projection. By controlling these elements, children engage multiple senses and have more fun learning.

Merlin's Magic Wand

One off free entry to a Merlin Attraction

Merlin's Magic Wand is a charity run by Merlin Entertainments, who operate some of the biggest attractions in the UK (Sea Life Centres, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland etc). As a family of a SEND child you may be able to apply for free entry for your family to one of their attractions.

Merlin also offer a “Ride Access Pass” which is a virtual queuing system, so that those who would struggle with queues can turn up to a ride at an assigned time and get straight on.

Promise Dreams

Wish granting charity for seriously or terminally ill children

Promise Dreams is a national charity which aims to make a real difference to children who are seriously or terminally ill. It also makes a difference for their families who are usually massively impacted. Each child and family has a dream and they aim to make it come true.

It could be a holiday to create special/last memories with siblings and family.

Perhaps meeting their celebrity hero or visiting a place which is special to them.

Often it's adapted or essential equipment to improve their quality of life.

In fact, anything that will make life happier and easier for the family in need.

REACT Charity

Support children with potentially terminal illness living in financially disadvantaged households

React – Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness is a dynamic charity working to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK.

Sandcastle Trust

Supporting families who have a child with a rare genetic condition

The Sandcastle Trust walks alongside families living with a rare genetic condition to help build lasting positive family memories, strengthen family relationships, improve emotional wellbeing and resilience.

They provide advice and support to families, can fund days out or holidays and can provide a leisure activity or memorable experience within the family home to improve quality of life.

Ski 4 Cancer

Days out and short breaks for families affected by cancer

Ski 4 Cancer is a UK charity that raises funds to provide days out and short breaks for families affected by cancer. This is what we call "respite".

Many of our respite trips and short breaks have an alpine focus. From family days out at UK snow domes to longer holidays in the mountains (summer and winter), we give families something to look forward to during the most difficult of times.


Events and breaks for seriously ill children

Starlight is a charity that creates moments of escape from the difficult reality which seriously ill children find themselves.

They hold Starlight Escapes, Days and Breaks throughout the year so children and their families can leave the stresses of hospitals and hospices far behind.

For Children who are in hospital they offer a number of different boxes which contain a variety of distractions such as toys, games, sensory toys, books. They can also provide games consoles and every winter their Panto team travels to hospitals around the country to entertain children and their families.

U Support

Help children with life limiting conditions, disability and disadvantages attend a variety of events

U Support is a charity that allows children/young people with life limiting conditions, disability and disadvantages to attend a variety of events such as football and rugby matches, theatre, pop concerts and other cultural events.

Variety Children's Charity

Offer equipment grants, days out and run specialist hospitals

Variety provide practical help that makes an immediate difference to disabled and disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 19, allowing them to live their best lives. They offer equipment grants (including hoists, beds, car seats, sensory and play equipment, assistive and medical technologies) and wheelchairs for children. They also offer Sunshine Coaches to support transport needs of SEND Schools and other non-profit organisations and through Variety Great Days Out they provide day trips for children and young people. In addition to all of this they also run several specialist hospitals.

When You Wish Upon A Star

Wish granting charity for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses

When You Wish Upon A Star is a charity that grants wishes (which can take the form of days out, holidays, games consoles / computers etc) to some very brave and courageous children who live with a life threatening or terminal illness who have not previously had a Wish granted by another charity.

Willow Foundation

Special days and treats for those with liufe limiting conditions aged 16+

For people living with a life-threatening illness, every day should be precious. The pressures of diagnosis, treatment and recovery can have a devastating effect on work and family life.

Willow aims to redress the balance: providing unique and unforgettable moments and experiences tailored to each individual. Every effort is made to always ensure a stress-free, seamless experience, not only meeting but exceeding expectations. Willow currently has two services to support those with life threatening illnesses.

Special Days are tailor-made experiences shared with loved ones to create memories that can be treasured forever. Special Days come in three categories - days out, at home and breaks.

Special Treats are personalised gift boxes filled with luxury items with a different theme for each box, including pampering, food/drink, family fun and many other ways to give a positive boost to those that need it most.

These are available for those aged 16-40, all applications must be made by a medical referrer on behalf of their patient.