Providing Holidays From the Heart

Welcome to Ruddi’s Retreat 


Please see our fabulous Jubilee specials below

Please support us by visiting our cafe or getting our cakes and teas delivered to your home or work

We help families with seriously ill children to have access to a holiday home for free! Our seaside caravans are for families with young children suffering from the effects of cancer treatment, life-limiting illnesses or bereavement so they can enjoy a family holiday together with minimal financial cost and maximum fun.

We also run Gwennie’s Getaways which provides short-term breaks to those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia and their family or carers.

We have 4 large static caravans at Primrose Valley Caravan Park at Filey on the east coast of Yorkshire and they cost £60,000 a year to run and maintain. 

Our main fundraiser is Ruddi’s cafe and shop in Slaithwaite which specialises in homemade cakes, sweets and afternoon teas that have a phenomenal reputation throughout Huddersfield. We can deliver our goodies to your home or business. Simply click on the afternoon tea photo or this link to find out more

Ruddi’s Retreat was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020 – the highest award which can be given to charities and community groups. Click on the logo to find out more.


To celebrate Huddersfield Town reaching the playoffs for the Premier League we are launching some great treats at Ruddi’s in Slaithwaite starting with our play off pick and mix.

For every £5 pick and mix sold we will donate 50p to the Huddersfield Town Foundation and don’t forget Ruddi’s shop and café in the centre of Slaithwaite is the main money-raiser for the Ruddi’s Retreat charity which sends families with seriously ill children on free holidays.

The Queen will be celebrating 70 years on the throne at the end of May … and we are certainly celebrating at Ruddi’s.

For we have just released our special platinum jubilee range and the jewel in the crown (yes, we just had to say it) has to be our Jubilee platter in the style of the Union Jack and featuring sandwiches, savoury pastries, cupcakes, biscuits, sweets and fruit. The biscuit is in the shape of England, Scotland and Wales. The platter feeds at least 6 people.

Our Jubilee afternoon teas include coronation chicken, roast ham, cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, homemade quiche, prawn vol au vent and a sausage roll along with a mini Victoria sponge, Queen’s cupcakes, fruit trifle and a fruit scone with clotted cream, jam and fresh strawberries.

We also have Jubilee pick and mix and cupcakes.

If you’re not a Royalist, you will be after eating this.

Ruddi’s Retreat is named after Ruddi Waterworth-Jones who faced a terrible battle to survive cancer and read his full story at

Please watch these two videos to find out just what a huge difference Ruddi’s Retreat is making to people’s lives.

And here is what some of those who have stayed in our caravans on the east coast of Yorkshire have had to say.

One family who went to the caravan after losing a child to cancer when she was just six wrote: “Ruddi’s Retreat gave us some much needed time away, finding our feet as a family of four instead of five. It was emotional and we missed her so much but it was so lovely to see her sister and brother having fun which they really deserved after a heart-breaking couple of years.”

Another family wrote: “We all had an amazing week. It’s what we all needed after losing two family members within 32 days of each other. It bought us closer and we just spent some quality time together.”



If you would like to support our amazing charity by sending a family on holiday or by helping to raise funds towards our Lodge then you can do so in the following ways:

Bank Transfer
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Account No. 84228510
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