A charity appeal has been launched in Cornwall to offer magical Christmas breaks for children that might otherwise be forgotten.
CHICKS aims to provide children from across Cornwall and the rest of the country with a special Christmas break at their retreats in the south west.
The children suffer from a range of issues such as poverty, neglect and caring responsibilities which mean they will be unable to spend a traditional Christmas at home.
Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, officially launched the CHICKS at Christmas appeal at the charity’s retreat in Tywardreath.
The Lord Lieutenant was given a tour of the charity’s retreat and facilities stretching over several acres, and had the opportunity to meet the 13 children staying with the charity this week.
Colonel Bolitho said: “I have known of CHICKS work for some time, and I am therefore delighted to have visited their retreat today.
“Christmas is a time of year in which we think of others less fortunate than ourselves, and so it is with great pleasure that I can lend my support and launch the ‘CHICKS at Christmas’ appeal.
“I would also encourage others across Cornwall to support this very special charity at this special time of year.”
During their week long break (December 23-27), the children will take part in a wide range of activities and festivities including a trip the pantomime, ice skating, a visit from Father Christmas and more.
To support the CHICKS at Christmas Appeal, make a donation over the phone by calling 01822 811020 or online at www.chicks.org.uk. You can also send a donation to: ‘CHICKS at Christmas Appeal”, CHICKS Coastal Retreat, Barn Park Farm, Tywardreath, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2QN.