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The Adventure Appeal

The Adventure Appeal is a charitable sponsorship scheme designed to support underprivileged children aged 8-14 from UK schools to be able to attend a 7-day Superweek summer camp, and join the many other hundreds of children who benefit hugely from this experience every year. As a Registered Charity, ATE seeks funding from Foundations, Trusts, Lion’s clubs, Rotary clubs and Round Tables who recognise the value of these experiences for the children involved, as well as receiving donations from our staff and friends. Thanks to these generous funders, since the scheme’s launch in 2009 the Adventure Appeal has benefited over 450 children. 

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Info for Schools
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The Adventure Appeal is designed to support:

  • Children in the care system (‘looked-after children’)

  • Children who are the principal carer for one or both parents (‘young carers’)

  • Children from very low-income families

  • Children with behavioural, social and learning disabilities

Why offer a sponsorship scheme?

We believe every child should have the opportunity to spend a week playing games, having fun, learning about themselves and building confidence on a summer camp. Most children who come on our Superweek summer camps have their place paid for in full by their parents, however a small percentage have their place funded via our Adventure Appeal.

ATE is an educational trust, with many senior teachers amongst our Directing body who guide the way in which the organisation continues to develop and who are acutely aware of the value of these holidays to all children. In the absence of any Government funding, ATE has moved to establish a dedicated sponsorship scheme to allow children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a Superweek, the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience.

How are sponsored places allocated?

Testimonials:

“ATE offers a new vision of learning and the enjoyment of learning. The values embodied both in the training and in the holidays for children are of enormous importance. There is potential here for making a lasting difference to the lives and experience of children and young people.”

Baroness Mary Warnock DBE

“I am convinced that the activities organised by ATE do help greatly to raise self-esteem and build motivation among young people.”

Estelle Morris, Former Education Secretary

“The impact has been huge. One pupil we sent has changed back into a happy, outgoing girl. Her parents have commented on the lovely change and they feel it can be traced back to her week with you. It was a very successful initiative and one I hope you will be able to continue in the future.”

Headteacher at a participating school.

“It is no exaggeration to say that ATE has changed my life completely and for the better. As a child, the holidays gave me an experience of social acceptance and a fantastically enjoyable time. As a Monitor and now a Director, I see clearly just how much such opportunities can do for children. They develop over the space of one week in ways I would have thought to be just not possible.”

Anthony, Teacher and ATE Superweek Director

Information for Schools and Local Authorities

If you feel that children in your school, or children cared for by your children’s service, might benefit from this experience and would value financial support, then we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us via the links below.

We encourage you to consider the following before continuing:

Travel: We offer free, accompanied, return travel from 17 major towns and cities across the UK. We encourage you to check that there is a travel point nearby to your school, so that travel arrangements are reasonable for children and parents / guardians. Please take a look at our map of travel points here.

Contact Person:  In order to allocate sponsored places in a timely manner and to ensure that we have the information we need to care for every child as well as we possibly can, we will need to liaise with you and this will inevitably take up a little bit of time in the lead up to the week. We know that schools are busy places, so do make sure to consider who the best person would be to act as the main point of contact for us.

Contribution of £35 per child: We ask for a small contribution from parents or guardians of £35 to ensure that the place is seen as something of value, with the rest of the cost of the week being funded by the Adventure Appeal (£400 funded per child in 2017). When places are offered without contribution, it is common for a place to be cancelled only a few days before the Superweek is due to start and as a result there is then very little time to arrange for another child to take up the sponsored place. We have found that this small contribution has helped families to understand the value of the week, meaning that more children have been able to benefit from this experience.

Information for Schools and Local Authorities

If you feel that children in your school, or children cared for by your children’s service, might benefit from this experience and would value financial support, then we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us via the links below.

We encourage you to consider the following before continuing:

Travel: We offer free, accompanied, return travel from 17 major towns and cities across the UK. We encourage you to check that there is a travel point nearby to your school, so that travel arrangements are reasonable for children and parents / guardians. Please take a look at our map of travel points here.

Contact Person:  In order to allocate sponsored places in a timely manner and to ensure that we have the information we need to care for every child as well as we possibly can, we will need to liaise with you and this will inevitably take up a little bit of time in the lead up to the week. We know that schools are busy places, so do make sure to consider who the best person would be to act as the main point of contact for us.

Contribution of £35 per child: We ask for a small contribution from parents or guardians of £35 to ensure that the place is seen as something of value, with the rest of the cost of the week being funded by the Adventure Appeal (£400 funded per child in 2017). When places are offered without contribution, it is common for a place to be cancelled only a few days before the Superweek is due to start and as a result there is then very little time to arrange for another child to take up the sponsored place. We have found that this small contribution has helped families to understand the value of the week, meaning that more children have been able to benefit from this experience.

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Information for Funding Bodies and Individual Donors

In 2017, we aim to raise funds for 80 children, aged 8-14. A 7-day Superweek summer camp holiday costs £435, which  includes all activities, and supervised travel to the centre from a wide range of travel points throughout the UK. We ask for a £35 contribution per child from parents or guardians, so in 2017 we are seeking funding of £400 per child.

The money donated to this scheme is carefully allocated and will only be used to allow children who would not otherwise be able to attend a Superweek to do so. All money donated is allocated to children at the specific recommendation of their school or social worker, and the entirety of what you donate is used to fund sponsored places.

Individuals or organisations who donate to the Adventure Appeal will be kept informed as to how the money they have contributed has been used. Donations will be offered to schools in any location in the UK, unless the donor requests that their donation be used in a particular area or within a particular school.

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ATE Staff and Friends’ Fundraisers

Our staff and friends regularly run fundraisers to help ATE to raise funds for The Adventure Appeal because they understand the value of these weeks for the children who experience them. Read more about the fundraising events we’ve done recently, below: