In recent years there has been an average of 10 weeks per year, including a group of Muslim kids for 4 out of the last 5.
Who might benefit now? Asylum-seekers children could be a worthwhile "target group", but the efforts of one of our congregations to liaise such a contact foundered for a variety of reasons: not knowing if the kids would be around after 9 months of planning; difficulty in finding suitable, vetted leaders. We shall keep trying.
Each group usually consists of between 20 and 25 children, with between four and six Leaders. Currently, the groups come from places like Manchester, Liverpool, Mansfield, Towcester, Bolton, and Blackburn, with children aged between 8 and 15, mainly from schools, or community projects in underprivileged areas. We have had groups from as far away as Leicester, London, and Bristol. They are selected regardless of creed, colour, or nationality, and it must be the case that they would not otherwise have a holiday that year. Send-a-Child not only funds, but selects the groups, though not the actual children, and liaises possible dates with the Centre management. We arrange and fund transport to and from Hucklow, and to be available for some trips out within a limited radius of the Centre, and we ensure that the Leader of each week has a float to pay for such as ice creams, odd snacks, and entrance fees to places visited.