What we do

Children having a relaxing holiday at the beachCombe Down Holiday Trust is a local charity, providing holidays, short breaks, or days out for disabled people and/or their carers and families living in the Bath & North East Somerset area.

The Trust’s aim is to support disabled people, both those with permanent disabilities and those disabled through illness – such as cancer – enabling them, their families and/or carers to have a short break, holiday or respite care or to have a day out. The offer of a holiday provides an enhanced quality to a life that may have lacked such an experience.

The overwhelming majority of our clients are on low-incomes, state benefits, or are pensioners with small occupational pensions that preclude them from benefits. This leaves them very disadvantaged financially. We also have a number of clients who have mental health problems who are also on very limited incomes – often barely enough to live on.

For families and particularly carers, exhausted by the demands on them, the need for a holiday is often great. On occasions the Trust provides a break for the carer alone, where a crisis or breakdown in care could otherwise occur. When you are caring 24/7/365, the need for a break can become overwhelming.

By offering a break albeit for a short space of time, the carer has their own life back, and is given a chance to recharge their batteries, which can be vital in ensuring their ability to carry on with their caring role.

The therapy of a holiday is well known: Providing rest and recuperation, and for children a chance to broaden their experience of life and the world. Childhood memories often remain as wonderful images for the rest of one’s life. Donations made to this Charity will be used entirely for charitable purposes, not for administration or advertising etc.


This charity was set up originally to provide a holiday/respite care home in Bath, by a local GP – Dr Sandy Neill and like minded colleagues. The home operated with some success for a number of years, but changes in Local Government funding and increasing costs forced the Trustees to review the management of the home. They decided to sell the home and invest the proceeds and seek a different role based on the holiday/respite care principle. About 17 years ago the Trust was reconstituted with the sole aim of providing holidays, short breaks and respite care for disabled people and/or their carers who live within the Bath & North East Somerset area.


This is a unique Trust in that we are not aware of any other Trust that provides this service within its local community. We are unable to meet all the demand for our services at present and any support that you can offer will be gratefully passed on to our clients. All donations are acknowledged and we report back at the end of the year on how that donation was spent and who received it. To protect the confidentiality of those individuals we help we report back as Mr A, Miss T etc. and detail the holiday/break and the benefit derived.

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