A partnership between Anthony Nolan and Over The Wall
Going through a stem cell transplant is tough for the whole family. You might feel overwhelmed and like the illness is a part of your identity. A 'normal' childhood with friends, fun, and freedom can seem unreachable. And sometimes, you all just need a break.
Family Camp 2020, a partnership between Over The Wall and Anthony Nolan, is here to do just that. You and your family can enjoy a two-day residential stay full of activities, fun, and making new friends with those who just get it.
The best part? It's all for free! And you'll have the peace of mind that you'll be cared for by Medical and Nursing Volunteers who have first-hand experience of caring for children post-transplant. You won't have to worry about a thing.
'It was amazing and so wonderful to all do something together. My husband and Louisa’s sister all joined in on all the activities. We really let go and had a fantastic time. It felt great to be a child again – and I don’t just mean for Louisa – I mean for all of us.’
- Karine, mum of Louisa. You can read her blog on the difference Family Camp made.
When is the Family Camp?
Saturday 29 August – Monday 31 August 2020
Whitemoor Lakes, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8QT
Who can go?
Families who have a child aged 0-17 who has had a stem cell or bone marrow transplant may be eligible for a place at the Family Camp. All family members, including siblings, can take part in the activities! One child must be 8 years old or older – see FAQs for more details.
Please note, a medical criteria must be met before an applicant can participate. This will need to be approved by a medical professional. Please follow the link below and speak to Over The Wall for more information.
'The confidence boost after camp was massive. He came away thinking, ‘I can do this, I’m not the little slow one anymore, I’m the same as everybody else.’
- Helen, mum of Drew. You can read her blog on how Family Camp went above and beyond her expectations.
How do I apply?
Visit Over The Wall's website, where you can find out more information and fill our their Camper Interest form to apply for places. Alternatively, you can give them a ring on 02392 477110.
About Over The Wall
Over The Wall is a charity supporting children and young people with serious health issues by providing residential camps up and down the UK. Everything is free, from accommodation and food, to the activities and care provided. Over The Wall's goal is to make sure everyone has fun, feels supported, and develops increased confidence and self-esteem.
Family Camp is facilitated by Over The Wall and supported and part-funded by Anthony Nolan. The application process is undertaken entirely by Over The Wall and all offers depend upon campers meeting the inclusion criteria as assessed and determined by Over The Wall.
What does the Weekend look like?
The Family Camp is packed full of activities for the whole family. From crafts and climbing, to zip wire and high ropes, the activities offered are designed to be challenging and fun. By the end of the weekend, your child should feel more independent and confident. And with some time to yourself, you should feel like you've had a proper break!
How many places are there per family?
Up to two adults and any number of siblings. There are just 70 places for this camp, so the number of siblings may depend on the number of applications received.
What is the accommodation like?
Each family will get their own room, in a clean dormitory-style lodge with bunk beds.
Why does one child need to be over 8 years old?
Some of the main activities (like zip-wiring) are only suitable for older children. However, we wouldn’t want families with younger children to miss out, so we allow them to come to camp and will provide other age-related activities alongside.
I'm still having treatment, can I go?
Yes, as long as you can have some recent blood test results signed off by your transplant consultant, and they're happy for you to attend. You can read the full medical criteria on Over The Wall's website.
What costs are covered?
All costs are covered, including food, accommodation and activities. Travel to and from the camp is not included.
How does the application process work?
Family Camp is run by Over The Wall and supported and part-funded by Anthony Nolan. The application process is undertaken entirely by Over The Wall and all offers depend upon campers meeting the inclusion criteria as assessed and determined by Over the Wall.
Please note that as outlined above Anthony Nolan accepts no responsibility for determining whether a participant is medically fit enough to attend the camp, nor does Anthony Nolan accept any responsibility for the appropriateness of the activities during the Camp.