Crerar Trust donates another £5,000 to Over The Wall children’s charity

Crerar Trust has thrown its support once again to Over the Wall. A further £5,000 donation was made to the charity to help support their 2016 Scotland Serious Illness Camp in Strathallan School, Perth taking place from 10th – 15th July 2016. The therapeutic recreation camps helps children aged 8-18 years old with serious and life limiting illnesses all over Scotland.

Over The Wall  is the UK branch of the late Academy Award winning actor Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Camps.  They provide therapeutic, fun and FREE camps for children with serious health challenges—and camps for their siblings.  They also offer camps for their entire families.  Sir Kenneth Branagh is their Patron.  

Over The Wall are one of over 70 charities to receive funding from Crerar Trust in the past year alone. The trust, chaired by Paddy Crerar, is tasked with the distribution of more than half of the hotel groups distributable profits to charities, community projects and good causes that have links to where Crerar Hotels are located or have interests. The trust has donated over £4 million in the past 10 years. The recent donation from Crerar Trust follows support given in 2014 and 2015.  This received 100% positive feedback from the parents of the children that attended stating that it had a positive impact on their child.  This year, with support of another donation from Crerar Trust, the camp will increase the number of children it can help since 2014 by more than 25%.

Chairman of the Crerar Trust, Paddy Crerar, said offering children with life limiting diseases the opportunity to build their self-esteem and make friends is a key priority for the Trust.

“These camps are a great initiative, allowing children to have fun and simply be children and allow parents a break and the opportunity to see the positive effects that the camp has on their children.’ Paddy said.

Kevin Mathieson, Chief Executive of Over The Wall said “The camps are designed to help participants gain confidence, improve self-esteem, enhance coping mechanisms and develop peer relationships that will provide support long after the children leave us. The camps achieve this through the wider range of social, creative and physical activities on offer, all of which are carefully designed to enable every child to participate.”