Listen and Look

Please watch our film - and meet some of the other children.

Together we make a difference

The Adamson Trust

©The Adamson Trust 2020

Looking Good: 15-year-old Luke, who is visually impaired and has additional learning disabilities, is among the children helped by Walthew House, a charity founded in 1882 in Stockport, in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. It is named after its founder, John Walthew, a former mayor of Stockport. The charity supports people of all ages in the area who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. The Adamson Trust made a grant towards a residential sports and adventure trip Walthew House has organised for 20 children with activities including zip wire, rock climbing and fencing. This is Luke on the 2021 camping trip at the Anderton Centre.  

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INSTANT FRIENDS: Archie, on the left, has communication difficulties, and Jack is autistic. The two 10-year-olds had never met before their first day at a beach holiday in Bognor Regis run by the charity Friends of Holcot - and they became inseparable at first sight. The charity, which The Adamson Trust supports, is a small organisation based in Edenbridge, Kent, which now has various projects aimed at helping local children who are disabled, or disadvantaged.

Dillan, age 11, gets busy in at the Lothian Autistic Society’s new premises in Edinburgh. When the Society resumed activities after lockdown it had to find a new place and it is now working from what used to be a soft play centre. Society Chief Executive Mike Penny noted that lockdown was extremely difficult for autistic children, who like routine and consistency, and their families. “For some not going to school or activities caused great distress, while others have become more socially isolated and withdrawn,’’ he said. “They have found returning to social settings, including school, challenging."

Laughter beside the sea: Ben, aged 17, having fun on holiday despite his severe disabilities. Ben, from Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The Adamson Trust helped with a first grant which will have to be the last because Ben will be 18 next birthday.

The Friends of Holcot are a small charity based in Edenbridge, Kent.  In 1996 we began running free camps for local disadvantaged children that had never had a holiday, and by 2012 this small initiative developed into a larger project catering for the family as a whole and running completely free coach days out to places they could never access or afford without our help.

Poppy, 17, on an Alice in Wonderland theme day to Blenheim Palace organised by Popsy, a Welsh-based charity which supports blind or partially sighted children, who often have additional disabilities. The Adamson Trust has helped with contributions toward hiring an adapted vehicle, known as a Jumbulance, for transport to the outings.

 Where there is a human need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.

Kevin Heath, former Australian rules footballer.


Harry celebrated his 8th birthday in September 2021 during an activity break run by the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Harry and seven other children enjoyed a weekend, which included archery, zip wire, tunnelling and other games, at the Lodge Hill Education Centre in West Sussex. There was also a celebratory disco in honour of Harry, who is pictured here on an accessible tricycle with his little sister Sienna and staff member Ben.