The Trust invests in the Holiday Property Bond, a commercial organisation having properties both in the UK and overseas that are suitably adapted for the severely disabled.
The Trust works closely with HPB Management Ltd at the development stage of their projects so that the needs of the disabled are taken into account during construction of a particular property or an associated holiday complex.
The objective is to integrate disabled people into holiday developments primarily for the use of able-bodied people and to promote holidays in self-catering accommodation where there is a choice between a restful break and full participation in normal holiday and social activities. The Trust undertakes the overall co-ordination of the holiday reservation process.
The holiday facilities it provides are long- term acquisitions so funds invested are not spent on one-off holidays – it goes on helping many disabled people year after year. For the beneficiaries, the costs of the self-catering holiday accommodation are met by the Trust so that they can holiday for free. In special cases the Trust will make referral for financial support to the RAF Benevolent Fund for travel or other incidental costs.
Once a beneficiary has a holiday with the Trust, they go to the bottom of the waiting list and gradually work their way back to the top. We are currently able to offer a holiday every two to three years.
The Trust has been in existence since 1982. It is proud of the fact that throughout,its administrative costs have been less than two per cent of its annual income.