Ilkley charity appeals for unused holiday homes


Laura enjoyed a holiday with her husband, baby daughter and parents thanks to A Bit of a Break

A Bit of a Break (ABOAB) is an Ilkley-based charity that sources and gifts unfilled weeks in holiday properties to families in the area who are living with a terminal illness. ABOAB have an ever-growing waiting list and are always looking for more properties. Trustee of the charity, Paula Hunt, talks about the charity: “ABOAB is the legacy of Angela Sturgeon who lived in Ilkley with her husband and children. She set up A Bit of a Break in 2015 towards the end of her 5-year journey living with ovarian cancer. She knew how much her own family had benefited from ‘getting away’ and wanted others in a similar situation to enjoy the same.”


Laura is one of many ABOAB beneficiaries, here’s her story: “At 29 years old and 20 weeks pregnant she discovered she had an untreatable brain tumour and only 2 years to live. Thanks to A Bit of a Break, working with Heart of the Lakes bookings agency, she recently enjoyed a fabulous holiday in the Lake District with her husband, baby daughter and parents. The weather was kind to them and they had a truly wonderful time!”


Paula added: “Are you lucky enough to have your own holiday home – a cottage, lodge or maybe a caravan? Do you have any un-booked weeks available – possibly out-of-season – that you could gift to a family needing precious time away with loved ones to make lasting memories? If you could help with property-weeks or might be able to fundraise for ABOAB, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!” For properties it’s Paula@abitofabreak.com and for fundraising or donations contact Rachel@abitofabreak.com


To find out more about the charity please visit the website www.abitofabreak.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/abitofabreakcharity