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Welcome to the Ellie's Haven website

We are a charity providing holidays to families caring for children with long term and life limiting medical conditions and disabilities.

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. Read our testimonials.

Our sensory studio is an Aladdin’s cave of specialised equipment aimed at helping children with special needs develop a wide range of skills.
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Holidays for families with children suffering long term and life limiting illnesses


Our sensory studio will bring relief to children with sight, hearing and other impairments.

Sensory Studio

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! 

Our running costs total about £50,000 a year so we still need your support.  Please consider making a donation or helping in some other way, such as organising a fund-raising event, taking on a sponsored challenge or donating goods to our charity shop.  We also need volunteers to run the shop and undertake all sorts of other tasks so please get in touch to discuss what you could do for Ellie's Haven and its guests. 

Tel: 01503 264230

Ellie's Haven - Cornwall Ltd. Charity No: 1121426
Registered in England & Wales No: 006345083. Registered address: Plym House, 3 Longbridge Road, Marsh Mills, Plymouth PL6 8LT