Family holidays allow time for creating happy memories that will last a lifetime. However, if you have a child who is seriously unwell, finding a space that is safe and accessible for your family can be difficult. We know that for many of the families we support a week’s holiday feels simply unattainable, meaning they miss out on the invaluable family experience.

We want the families we support to experience amazing moments together. We know how important holidays away are to every family – so this year we launched ‘Noah’s Ark on Holiday’ with the Noah’s Ark holiday lodge which is offered to over 30 families for a FREE week’s stay.

Situated in the beautiful essex country side, our holiday home is the perfect place to relax and spend quality time together as a family. With three bedrooms, so plenty of room for everyone, and a beech nearby,  the lodge is also fully accessible – adapted to the needs of those we support.

Thanks to the generosity of Variety Golf and The Winter Ball Commitee we have been able to drive families to the ldoge in our very own fully accessible coach!

We are so excited to continue welcoming families to our holiday lodge this year and beyond. Thank you so much to The Edward Gostling Foundation, whose generous support enabled us to make the project a reality.


“As we don’t have holidays other than The Ark respite overnights, this was a great chance to be away from home. It was very nice to be there, relax, cook in a nice new, clean kitchen and have some very nice stress free family time.

It felt safe and the people were very friendly there, residents and employees. The park seemed friendly and understanding for disabilities.

Magnus enjoyed himself immensely and came forward in his development while there, doing some things that he hadn’t done before. He was fascinated by the large tv screen!

It was great and  I cannot honestly think of any improvements that would have made the trip better for us. It had everything we needed and more.”


“We have had an awesome time at Mersea Island over the Easter break. It was a time to relax, enjoy family time and explore. We felt at home from day one and feel so overwhelmed to have been given the opportunity to experience such a lovely place.”