Providing Holidays From the Heart

Welcome to Ruddi’s Retreat

Providing holidays from the heart!

It’s our aim to help families with seriously ill children to have access to a holiday home for free! We want to help families with young children suffering from the effects and after effects of cancer treatment, life-limiting Illnesses or bereavement to 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. Each visit by one of our families is £200.

Our shop in Slaithwaite specialises in homemade cakes and afternoon cakes and click on this link to find out more

Breaking news … don’t miss our spooktacular Halloween party and disco at Golcar Royal British Legion on Sunday, October 31, from 2.30pm to 5pm.

It’s just £5 per child and food will be available.

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
Sort Code: 40-25-10
Account No. 84228510

(if paying by PayPal please tick the personal gift box)

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