Welcome to the Ellie's Haven website
We are a charity providing holidays to families caring for children with long term and life limiting illnesses.
Our goal is to help such families spend quality time together away from their normal surroundings, in a specially adapted property in the Looe Valley in Cornwall.
Our "special place for special children" has been designed to help families with disabled children have a stress-free holiday. It is in a peaceful, secluded location and is equipped with built-in hoists, an assisted bath and other facilities, and we only charge a nominal fee for accommodation.
Our sensory studio is an Aladdin’s cave of specialised
equipment aimed at helping children with special needs develop a wide range of
Our property is tagged by the ambulance service so that emergencies
should be dealt with rapidly but we don’t offer medical support
ourselves. Guests need to organise their own respite care, if required.
Helping children with sight, hearing and other impairments
We offer three 90 minute sessions in our sensory studio, at 10am, 12pm and 2pm on weekdays. It's free of charge for eligible children.
A big thank you to all our supporters
Our charity gets its name from Ellie, the daughter of Julie and Nigel Libby who founded Ellie's Haven. Ellie sadly passed away on 5th January 2012 just a few weeks before her seventh birthday. A big thank you to the hundreds of individuals, community organisations, businesses and charitable trusts that helped Ellie’s Haven raise more than £800,000 to purchase this property and adapt it for use as a special type of holiday retreat.
We still need your help!
We need to continue fundraising to continue developments and support our running costs, so please consider donating to Ellie’s Haven, staging an event, taking on a sponsored challenge or supporting our charity shop in West Looe by donating goods or buying one of its many bargains. We also need volunteers for all sorts of tasks, so please get in touch if you’d like to do your bit to bring relief to families caring around the clock for “special” children.