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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 and for fundraising or donations contact

To find out more about the charity please visit the website and Facebook page


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