Information for referring organisations

Please refer to these guidelines when nominating a family.

Fat Cow Escapes aims to provide breaks to families with a seriously ill child, recently bereaved families who have lost a child or parent or families with a terminally ill parent.

We operate a nomination process. All requests for a break need to be supported by a nominee ie NHS professional, Social Worker, registered charity representative.

We hope to give families time-out from treatment schedules, time to readjust as a family or time to create memories.

All breaks are free of charge.

Accommodation has been donated by owners of holiday properties in various areas around the UK and is usually for blocks of one week. This means that availability during the summer months and especially schools holidays is very limited. Some properties will have one week available each year, whilst others will have two or three.

Some properties will provide towels and bedding but others may not. Please refer to the individual property details listed in the Accommodation page.

Whilst some properties will be available at short notice, we usually operate on a 3-6 month booking timescale.

To request Fat Cow Escapes nomination and application forms, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We consider all requests and allocate breaks according to individual circumstances.

We are not able to provide counselling, travel expenses or meals. Fat Cow Escapes simply offer a place to stay for a much needed break.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’ll do our best to help.