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It's Good 2 Give!

Any young cancer patient in Scotland can apply to stay at the Retreat with their family.

We can accommodate a maximum of five guests alongside space for a baby in a travel cot, over three bedrooms, all completely free of charge.

Stays at the Ripple Retreat start from Saturday morning, offering five days through to the following Thursday noon. Our accommodation includes three bedrooms, a twin, a double, and a single. All are barrier free, making it accessible to individuals regardless of mobility challenges. The single room also includes a wet room with wheelchair accessible sink.

The Ripple Retreat aims to provide all the amenities for a calm, relaxing stay. Our kitchen includes a fridge, freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher for residents’ use, with an induction hob and hotwater Quooker tap, all ensuring the highest standards of comfort during your stay. A height adjustable unit with induction hob and sink has also been included to allow easy access for wheelchair users.

Terms and Conditions do apply - for example there is no smoking and no pets allowed.

Also, the Retreat is in a remote location and so it is essential that guests staying have their own transport.

The Retreat is in a remote location – 3 miles from the nearest town (Callander) along a single track road. It is therefore essential that families who stay have their own transport for the entire stay.

There are many local businesses who support families who stay by providing vouchers for meals or other attractions.

The Retreat is very popular as you can imagine and so it is advisable to put an application in early. We already have bookings for 2019 and 2020.

The Ripple Retreat was built on land donated to us by the Ferguson Family, designed by Tony Kettle (he also designed the Falkirk Wheel) and his team at Kettle Collective. A great many individuals and businesses have donated to our fundraising to make this dream a reality. In addition to The Fergusons and Tony Kettle there are also thousands of people in the community - our fundraising has largely come from the community and their generosity is fantastic.

The Retreat was opened on the 12 May 2017 by Patrons Lorraine Kelly and Grant Stott ably assisted by Young Ambassadors Kira Noble and Alfie Byrne.

Families who stay have given us glowing feedback about the Retreat itself and the National Park.

Eligibility for staying at the Ripple Retreat...

The Ripple Retreat caters for young cancer patients and their families, and we do have some basic criteria in order to qualify for a stay.

We accept guests who include a young cancer patient up to age 18, along with their families, who reside in Scotland. They would currently be undergoing treatment, or up to a maximum 1 year after active treatment for cancer has ended.

We also want to reach out and offer a place for those families who have suffered a bereavement as a result of childhood cancer. Families of young cancer patients up to 18 years of age who have unfortunately passed away are eligible for a stay at the Ripple Retreat within a year of their bereavement.

We love to hear from you...

To enquire about a stay, or if you require any more information about the retreat or the charity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

If you would like to know more about our booking procedure or have questions then do get in touch.
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This record was last modified on: 25 September 2019