The Relaunch Of The Principle Trust Children’s Charity


The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, a local Children’s Charity based in Skipton, has undergone a transformation in the past 12 months. 

Last year, Tilly Sawford, a child burns victim, became their Charity Ambassador and headed their fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 which went national.Tilly won ‘Child of Courage’ last year at the Pride of Britain Awards. Tilly was given a 5% chance of survival in March 2009 after she fell into a bath of scalding water. She was 15 months old and playing with her older siblings upstairs when one of them accidentally turned on the hot tap. Tilly has defied the odds to survive and inspired others, enduring more than 500 operations having suffered 86% burns as a toddler. Next month Tilly will be fitted with a new ‘running leg’ which will help her to run around and play with her friends and family.

The Principe Trust Children’s Charity helps children such as Tilly with life-limiting conditions.

The Charity provides respite care and leisure time to underprivileged and disadvantaged children physically, mentally and socially, in the local community.  They have 3 holiday homes in Blackpool where local children can go with their families and spend some quality time together. Usually, this is respite care for children with severe disabilities or terminally ill children and their carers. The local authorities, children’s centres and schools nominate these children and their families.

In the past 12 months, the Charity has filled over 100 week-long holidays to local children and their families, all nominated by 14 local authority Partners.


Partners they work with:


Thursby Trust
LS29, Ilkley NEW
Homestart, Pendle
Craven Children’s Centre
Oakbank School, Keighley
Ribble Valley Families  NEW
Action ASD, Burnley
IDAS, Yorkshire
Keighley Children’s Centre
Helping Hands of Harrogate
Skipton Health Visitors
SELFA, Skipton
Making Space, Keighley (national charity)  NEW


The Charity works on the premise of breaking the poverty cycle and contributing to positive childhood development and child wellbeing, through the provision of holidays and leisure time.

The holidays provided can be a profoundly beneficial time for the whole family. Parents are focused not on work, but on play, thereby giving their children the prized gift of time. Research suggests that one in six fathers say they do not know how to play with their child and a third say they simply don’t have the time to play (Parent-Play survey, Playmobil UK).

Two-thirds of conversations between parent and child are about daily routine and 65 per cent of parents say they only play occasionally with their children (Elizabeth Buie, TES). Playing, seeking and exploring new spaces, such as building sandcastles and  jumping over waves seems like fun, but it’s also “attachment play”, and it’s vital for family bonding and enhancing self-esteem. Research has proven that there are improvements in a child’s attention and concentration levels after being in nature for only 20 minutes. Green-play settings were found to be as good as, or better than, medication for children with ADHD. There is also evidence that a walk together in green space calms the body, lowering blood pressure and stress hormone levels and even cholesterol – so parents and grandparents stand to benefit too.

This year the Charity has focused on building local community support and recognition as the local community’s children’s Charity- helping those most deserving of quality family time and respite care.

Hannah Hodgson and Hayley Kitching joined in March this year, Hannah as Trust Coordinator (left),

and Hayley as Trust Manager (right).


Hayley, 28, from Skipton, has an extensive background in charity work and fundraising, previously working for a leadership development charity in Bradford. Hayley has a degree in Social Policy and a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

Hannah, 21, from Skipton, is at the start of a blossoming career. She has experience in events management and coordination, having come from Kinsey Park Estate.

They now have a new revamped ‘logo’, website and Facebook page which have significantly helped portray exactly who they are and what they do; the imagery in the logo reflects their sole purpose, ‘making memories that last’.

Hayley and Hannah are looking to work with more local Partners (more children’s centres, support groups and charities, social services and schools) in reaching out to more children in need.

Their new  ‘Log Cabin Appeal’  is a fundraising initiative in order to purchase a log cabin in the Yorkshire Dales that will provide a more serene and peaceful environment to those who would prefer it, in comparison to the excitements of Blackpool!  They hope to equip the new log cabin with better disabled-friendly facilities to accommodate those who often struggle to find suitable accommodation on holiday.


They will be working hard to raise 100k over the next two years through hosting local fundraising events and exploring more funding streams such as becoming ‘Charity of the Year’ to local businesses, obtaining new local grants and sponsorship.


Upcoming fundraising events

The combined Annual Charity Ball and 15 years of Principle Healthcare on 9thJune at the Coniston Hotel. There will be 140 senior business people from Yorkshire and few other high-profile Yorkshire folk!

  • This is invite only. JCT600, Leeds, will be bringing a new Ferrari California to test drive and auction off a Ferrari experience (confirmed) and there will be some great live entertainment throughout and local media coverage!
  • The Black Horse Children’s Summer Party 10thJune (on Skipton Gala day, we will be the beneficiaries of the event, Louise Whiteside, Manager of the Black Horse, has the details)







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