Kings Camps has always helped children and young people reach their potential, whatever their circumstances. Our Supporting Families programme offers over 1,500 subsidised places annually on our sports and activity camps. With support from BBC Children in Need, we are delighted to be able to extend this programme to support families with children with long-term conditions being treated by the leading Children Hospitals across England.
If you or someone you know has a child under hospital care, either as an in-patient or out-patient, we may be able to offer them or their siblings a place at Kings Camps this year.
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Our aim is to reach a further 800 families helping children overcome challenging circumstances like Josefina, John and Monty…
Josefina was involved in a terrible fire at her home requiring treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 18 months. Following several months in a coma, Josefina suffered several life-changing injuries, resulting in the amputation of both lower legs, her left forearm and several fingers as well as severe scarring to her chest, back and face. As part of her rehabilitation, Kings Camps gave Josefina the opportunity to be a child again and engage with her peers in a safe and encouraging environment. As well as boosting her confidence, Josefina discovered a love for Rock climbing and American Football. Her personality and attitude on camp showed just what an inspirational young woman Josefina is.
John suffers from cerebral palsy. Having been bullied during his primary school years he preferred to sit in his bedroom playing on his computer rather than interacting with his peers. To help him be more active, his physiotherapist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital contacted us to help. At our Liverpool camp, with the support and encouragement of our coaches, John participated in over 30 different sports and activities. Discovering confidence and enjoyment, John is now a committed wheelchair basketball player and enjoys playing football at Liverpool Academy. John joined us on camp again this year still full of his enthusiasm for Kings Camps and his new found love of sport.
Monty has dyspraxia and one of the characteristics of this condition is a difficulty in mixing with other children; joining in, dealing with noise and moderating his own behaviour to adapt to others. Monty joined us again in Aberdeen this summer. His Mum kindly wrote to us to tell us how he got on:
“Monty has had a ball this summer. Every single day I left him happy and cheerful, very pleased to see the familiar faces of the coaches and leaders and looking forward to the different themes of each day. Each afternoon he was reluctant to leave the activity. He has always ended the day ‘hi-fiving’ his friends and feeling really confident about the day’s achievements.Monty has gone on to shine in his first term back at school after the summer – he was promoted to Vice House Captain within his own house at school. I feel sure that this is due, in some part, to the confidence he has gained and the sense of fellowship he feels at King’s Camp as well as at school.”Well done Monty, we look forward to seeing you again next year!