Christmas Sparkle!

Thank you to St Margaret’s, Ilkley for the opportunity to share in their Christmas Tree festival again this year. The trees all looked lovely!

TV star!

Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant and Dec was elevated to new levels with the surprise appearance of our very own Matthew Sturgeon (Founder of ABOAB).   Matthew continues to raise substantial funds so that we can do what we do.   Matthew, Jane, Emily and Jack all deserve the thanks that Ant gave on the show.  We hope that they have a fantastic time in Florida.


Project Lighthouse – 100 Lighthouse target reached


Matthew and his team are ticking off the lighthouses with the BBC picking up on his progress.  This is a fantastic achievement, we are very proud and grateful to all of the riders. Click the link below to see the story from the BBC News website.

Whisky Galore!

Big, big, thanks to our lovely Matthew Sturgeon for his generosity and genius idea of selling his bottles of whisky during December to make a unique Christmas present! The sales of his Bruichladdich Single Malt raised an amazing £1,100 for A Bit of a Break. At an average of about £180 per holiday that means we can offer 6 more holidays for families living with terminal illness. Incredible! Thanks Matthew and good luck with this week’s Project Lighthouse ride.



Ilkley Christmas Tree Festival


We are so excited to have a tree at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival in St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley. The church has been filled with beautiful trees individually decorated by local schools, charities and community groups. There are musical performances and delicious refreshments to enjoy too!

Great news – introducing our new partner – Coquet Cottages!


We’re thrilled to begin partnering with Coquet Cottages, a Northumberland-based holiday property agency with over 160 holiday homes on their books. Their strap line is ‘Escape the Ordinary’ and for starters we’ve been offered Fern House near Warkworth and Apple Tree Barn near Alnwick. Big thank you to the owner, Lisa! We know our guests will thoroughly appreciate a week’s escape in your two extraordinarily beautiful cottages.

The Principle Trust – Thank you!

Massive thanks to The Principle Trust, another Yorkshire charity, for making their caravan at Blackpool’s Haven Holiday Park available to a lovely family referred to us here at A Bit of a Break! This family desperately needed a break in the school-holidays as time for them is limited. Such amazing generosity showing two charities working together to create a much-appreciated holiday for a family in real need. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole!

Thank you again Principle Trust.