Charity issues support call

Oliver Boyce

South west-based national children’s charity CHICKS has been forced to postpone all respite breaks for vulnerable children and young people, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

CHICKS has provided free five-day respite breaks for UK children living in a wide variety of difficult circumstances since 1992. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the organisation to postpone this service indefinitely for the first time in its 28-year history.

Now facing a loss of income due to cancelled events, closed shops and nationwide economic uncertainty, the charity is asking for help from the public to ensure that breaks can continue as soon as possible once it is safe.

“On Friday March 20, for the first time in our history, all CHICKS breaks stopped,” commented CHICKS head of respite breaks, Oliver Boyce. “Alongside this, a lot of our fundraising plans have had to be cancelled or postponed. We are now asking for all those who believe in the difference CHICKS can make to children’s lives to please continue supporting the charity over the months to come.”

As a national charity which receives no Government support, CHICKS relies entirely on the generous contributions of individuals, companies, trusts, foundations and communities to provide its vital service to vulnerable young people.

If you are able to help with a contribution, visit to donate today. You can also text CHICKS to 70085 to make a one-off donation of £10 (this costs £10 plus your standard rate message).