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No child left behind

The gap between rich and poor is widening. Growing poverty and rising debt put school trips out of reach for more and more children. Please donate to our Christmas appeal so a child who would otherwise miss out will get to go on their school trip next year and experience an amazing adventure.

Whether it’s the chance to paddle in the sea for the first time, see stars in clear skies, discover nature, or, for some children, simply the freedom to be a kid for the day, trips away can be transformational.

Help us broaden horizons and bring new experiences to the children with fewest opportunities in life.

Christmas appeal

£70,221 of £50,000 raised
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If you would prefer to make a donation over the phone, please call 01629 700990.

You can also send a cheque, payable to ‘YHA (England & Wales)’ to: Christmas appeal, Trevelyan House, Dimple Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3YH.

The difference your donation will make


could pay for a disadvantaged child to get away on a two-night school trip

20 schools

from areas of greatest deprivation will get to bring a class of 30 away if we reach our target of £50,000

600 children

will enjoy an amazing adventure – those who would otherwise be left behind because their parents simply cannot afford a school trip

The unique value of school trips

A trip away together is a great leveller. For those few days, cliques disappear and group dynamics change as children – regardless of background – work together to conquer mountains and team challenges.

Research shows that school trips equip children with tools to overcome obstacles. They improve attainment, strengthen bonds between peers and teachers, and help young people mature.*

For children on free school meals, going on a school trip may be their only opportunity for a night away from home.**

Memories of childhood trips last a lifetime. Please support opportunities for children with the least access and the most to gain from time away.

* Dudman, J.; Hedges, C. & Loynes, C. (2019). the impact of residential experiences on pupil progress and attainment in year six (10 – 11-year-olds) in England: a Learning Away comparative research Study: Learning Away Consortium.

** The Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Secondary school children outdoors