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“It’s just endless. I feel there is no let-up, no relief. I don’t know how much longer I can go on.”

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About the Give me a break Campaign

Our founder, Joan Brander, witnessed the overwhelming isolation and frustration of disabled people and their families, with little prospect of even the briefest respite.  

She also witnessed the plight of family carers, whose devotion to their loved ones without relief was taking a devastating physical and emotional toll.  

She saw that families were in desperate need of support and,  over 60 years ago, she set about providing it. In 2014, inspired by the example of her and others, access to respite became a statutory right. 

But today we are seeing a respite crisis.

Funding for respite breaks needs to be protected. Without something to look forward to, without a break from the day to day, we’re going to see more caring relationships break down, a greater reliance on full time residential care and an increase in mental health breakdown. This isn’t just a holiday. It’s a lifeline.

Did you know?

  • Over 60% of carers surveyed had not had a break in the past year and over 25% of respondents have never had a break.  
  • Over three quarters of carers surveyed are providing more than 50 hours of care a week. 
  • 84% have experienced real time cuts to their respite funding. 
  • Only 17% are receiving social care funding for respite. 

– Results of Revitalise guest survey, 2024

Read the stories of Revitalise guests

Revitalise guest Harj at Jubilee Lodge

Harj’s story

Harjinder had been trying to go away for his birthday for the past 3 years but had been unable to due to Covid, travelling and finance. Finally he was able to take a holiday this May, but he struggled to find suitable transportation. Read more about how Revitalise has supported Harj’s breaks.

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Revitalise guest Andrew at Jubilee Lodge

Andrew’s story

Andrew has been coming to Revitalise Holiday centres for at least 10 years. He’s made loads of friends over the years and they’ve kept in touch. They try to arrange to take a holiday together, but most of his friends were unable to join him this year because they just couldn’t get the funding.  

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Revitalise guest Angela

Angela’s story

Angela had only £200 in her account to last the next 2 weeks on food. Her financial situation had caused her a breakdown, and the added stress of having to look into funding was causing it to worsen. Keep reading to learn how we helped Angela fund her lifeline break.

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Could you give someone a break?

So many people tell us that they haven’t had any kind of break for over a year. In 2023, we provided over £100,000 worth of funding to support breaks. But we need to do more. 

This year, we want to raise a further £100,000 to provide even more breaks to people who desperately need them. Help us reach our goal by donating today — every little bit helps. 


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Without the help of our incredible supporters and fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to provide vital respite breaks. However you choose to support us, your contribution makes a difference. 

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