The Dartmoor Classic Sportive is delighted to be supporting the national children's charity CHICKS for 2018. 

CHICKS is a national children’s charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children from all over the UK, at retreats in Devon, Cornwall and Derbyshire.

For the children supported by CHICKS, their break imparts new confidence, nurtures self-esteem, makes happy childhood memories and sparks new enthusiasm for life.

Whether they’re young carers, living in poverty, victims of abuse or have been bereaved, all the children we support really benefit from some time away to simply be children – like 11-year-old Carys*.

Carys lives in an incredibly stressful home environment – she has witnessed emotional abuse between her parents and her mum suffers with extreme anxiety. Carys is relied upon to provide her mum with emotional support, which is a lot to handle at her age. Her difficulties at home have led to Carys developing anxiety herself, which is affecting her time at school where she struggles to make friends.

With lots of attention and reassurance from the staff at CHICKS, Carys started to feel listened to and supported. As the break progressed, her anxiety was greatly reduced and at the end of the week Carys mentioned the support she received as one of her ‘best memories’.

During the week, the group enjoyed exciting activities such as rock climbing, a trip to the theatre and walks in the countryside, as well as baking some delicious treats and spending time in the arts and crafts barn where Carys proved to be a talented artist! One of her favourite activities was horse riding, which she initially found a challenge: “at first I was scared at horse riding but I plucked up courage to do it!” At the riding stables, she commented: “this is a moment that I will remember for a very long time.”

With your help, we can give more children like Carys the support they need. If you’re taking on the Dartmoor Classic 2018, please consider fundraising for CHICKS – just £30 could pay for a horse riding session for a child, giving them an experience to remember forever!
*Name has been changed to protect identity

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