Siblings trip

A chance for siblings of young people the Trust has previously supported in recovery from cancer to enjoy an experience that is their own.

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Siblings count too

A family’s life is turned upside down when a young person is diagnosed with cancer. Brothers and sisters can be significantly impacted by the long-term illness of a sibling. They need support too.

This five-day residential trip at Water Park Lakeland Adventure welcomes siblings aged between 13 and 17, bringing benefits to the whole family.

"I was so nervous about coming but I had the most amazing week." - Petra

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Siblings Letters

Siblings of young people who have been supported by the Trust can join Siblings Letters, our writing community where you can chat, connect and make friends with another sibling that just 'gets it'. With Siblings Letters, even more young people can enjoy the power of the pen and receive 'a little bit of joy' in the post. We're looking forward to welcoming siblings back on trips in 2022.

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Petra's Story

"To go away, face her fears, and have such an amazing time means she has a point of reference next time she goes into a new situation and feels overcome with anxiety​."- Petra's mum

With everything going on at home it was a big deal for Petra to leave it behind for a week. Her sister, Rowan, has been in and out of hospital over the last 10 years. Their mum says it meant Petra was left to get on with things on her own.

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The other big Siblings Trip questions...

Do I need to have had my COVID vaccination?

Vaccination forms part of our risk assessment to minimise the COVID risks as much as possible, both to the young people and their families and the Trust team (skippers, volunteers, full-time staff) who will be involved in the trips.

The Trust was able to run a successful summer of trips in 2021 due to the COVID-safety measures we put in place, and we were delighted there weren't any COVID cases linked to a trip among young people, volunteers, skippers, or our staff.

But whereas we ran at reduced capacity in 2021, with 315 young people coming on a trip, in 2022 we hope to return to pre-pandemic numbers of 600+ young people safely joining the Trust. This is the right thing to do to support more young people after cancer treatment, but it increases the risk of possible COVID transmission among a wider group of people.

We will continue to review our vaccination position in line with Government advice and with our medical advisers. We need to find the appropriate balance between young people being able to get the support they need while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

For our latest position on vaccinations for young people of your age (at the time of your trip), please click here – Vaccinations Update

Is there medical support?

On all of our trips we have two qualified medics to help cover all necessary medical needs of the young people. Your medical information comes from the medical and consent form you fill in prior to the trip, so make sure you include all relevant, up to date medical and non-medical information you feel we should know about.

I can’t swim. Does it matter?

Nope! During the trips you don’t actually go in the water, so you don’t need to be able to swim. Lifejackets will be provided for when you are doing watersports activities.

What do I need to bring?

Closer to the time of your trip we will send you a Trip Handbook containing all the information you need, including a full kit list. You won’t need any specialist clothing, waterproofs, wetsuits or safety equipment – the centre will provide all that - just normal clothes, including some warm layers and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. You will basically live in joggers/leggings, a hoodie and your Trust trip t-shirt! We also always have plenty of high-factor sun cream on all of our trips

What’s the food like?

All meals will be provided by the Bradwell team. Breakfast consists of cereals, toast and a cooked option. Lunch will be packed lunch, which can be taken on activities. A hot meal will be provided in the evenings, followed by pudding, and snacks are available in the evening should you still be a bit peckish! We try to cater for everyone’s needs and diets and aim to promote a healthy diet. If you do have any special dietary requirements these go on your Medical Form.

Where do I sleep?

You will be staying in same sex, shared bedrooms or dorm rooms.

Should I bring my phone and spending money?

Any phones or valuable electronic equipment are bought along entirely at your own risk and we cannot be responsible for any loss or damage. We recommend these are left at home, but do understand you may want to bring them along for the journey. Our staff and volunteers will have phones you can use to phone home if necessary and Trust contact will be provided to family and friends should they need to get in touch while you’re away. Because everything is provided, you only need enough money for any extra snacks or souvenirs you want to buy. We suggest no more than £20.