Three Tarn Swim

Stay safe

Due to the current guidelines, at the this time we are not arranging breaks away in beautiful places for our guests.  We look forward to a time when we can start taking referrals.  We hope that all our property owners, referrers, supporters and friends are safe and well.

Covid-19 update

We hope that all of our supporters, referrers and guests are keeping well during these unprecedented times.

After careful consideration, we have reluctantly decided not to accept any referrals until 2021.

We are currently working to expand the portfolio of properties that we are able to offer to the guests who are referred to us by our network of care professionals and will contact referrers once we are able to start organising breaks away in beautiful places.

Please do contact us if you are able to support our work or have a property that you would like to add to our scheme.


Feedback from our Guests

Getting feedback like this makes us all the more determined to keep organising breaks for our guests…..

“Just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for arranging a wonderful time away for me and my family to enjoy in Northumberland. We had a wonderful time. The cottage was fantastic and in a wonderful position right near the beach. Dog had some excellent walks. We ate, drank, read and played games. The important thing was that we were altogether. I think what you do is fantastic and the homeowners are so generous. Also the yummy Keelham Farm Shop treats went down a treat. 
Thank you once again and take care”

Big thanks to Angela Keane, the owner of the property who was immensely reassuring and went the extra mile to make sure that the guests had a magical time.


Thank you Gill Nolan!  Gill is one of our Referrers based in the North West.  During Lockdown one of Gill’s neighbours made these beautiful rainbows. What’s made them extra special for all of us is that the neighbour’s adult son, who has Downs Syndrome, has made the bobbles and he loved every minute of it.  The rainbows have been shared with neighbours in return for a donation to ABOAB, up to now Gill has donated £70 but still due some more .

Thank you to everyone who has contributed.


We are keeping a very close eye on the Government guidance during this Coronavirus pandemic.  We hope that we will be able to start arranging breaks away in the near future but we are very aware of the difficulties faced by everyone at this time.

We hope that all our referrers, guests, property owners, supporters and friends are safe and well at this time and we send our best wishes to them all.







Pictured here – our prototype money boxes. We’re using recycled materials to find an amusing way to ask for your spare coins.


Friends newsletter

We are in the process of issuing our first newsletter! Hurrah! The plan is to try and keep as many people as possible interested and informed about what we are doing.

If you have stumbled across this and would like to join our mailing list……..we would love it! We promise to just forward information about A Bit of a Break. Newsletters, fundraising, events…..that sort of stuff AND absolutely nothing else.

If you fancy being connected email

A Bit of a Break planning meeting

Working hard on the future of A Bit of a Break 🙂

A bit of a ceilidh

Feedback from the Lake District

We love a bit of feedback!

Some of our guests have just returned from the Lake District and had this to say….

“The property was absolutely beautiful, and it was very much appreciated. We went with our daughter and her partner and spent a lovely week together. I hadn’t had a day or even a hour to myself in 15 months so I really appreciated the break away from home. We can’t get over how much you have all done for us. The break away was absolutely lovely.”

Happy days