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What we do

Our free, therapeutic recreation camps help to develop the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and relationships of our campers.


We strive to make each camp a memorable, fun and empowering experience. All in a physically and medically safe environment.

“A place where kids can kick back, relax and raise a little hell”

– Paul Newman

Our Vision

Our vision is that all children and young people, living with the challenges of serious illness and disability, can access transformational therapeutic recreation camp programmes, free of charge.


There are an estimated 50,000 children and young people in the UK living with a serious health challenge. For these young people, quality of life is adversely affected by isolation and their inability to participate in many of the everyday activities enjoyed by their friends and peers. This often results in a growing lack of self-esteem and confidence which can become a barrier to future growth and development. Over The Wall’s residential programmes are designed to bring about transformational change to tackle these issues and to ensure our campers return home with a new sense of their abilities and ambitions, and feeling far less isolated.


Our long term aspiration is to build the next generation of children’s residential camp through which to deliver educational and recreational activities for children living with serious health challenges. This purpose-built facility will be an asset available to every UK children’s charity, and allow us to transform the lives of far more children and young people than ever before.

Our Values

More than three hundred campers, families, volunteers, staff, trustees and funders helped us shape our values – the principles we live by and stand for, they are: Inclusivity & Acceptance, Fun, Safety, Support & Friendship, Inspiration, Escape & Adventure.


Our History

Over The Wall was officially founded in 1999 by UK businessman, Joe Woods, view our history timeline to find out more.

Our Trustees

Our Trustees are drawn from all walks of life, including parents whose children have visited camp, medical professionals, volunteers and senior business people. All are united by a desire to continuously improve outcomes and services for seriously ill children and their families.

Ever thought about becoming a Trustee or a non-Trustee Board Member? If you would like further information please get in touch.

Get in touch



  • Joe Cronly -Chairman
  • Richard Chapman
  • Anthony Diamandakis
  • Catherine Doran
  • Jonathan Goring
  • Duncan King
  • Dr Lara Lohr
  • Neil McDonald
  • Paul Raeburn
  • Andrew Richards
  • Jocelyn Sharp
  • Anne Stevens
  • Dr Bianca Tiesman

Our Patrons

Sir Kenneth Branagh


“I’m proud to be a Patron and avid supporter of this wonderful little UK children’s charity. I have watched, often in wonder, how Over The Wall’s small team of staff and their fabulous volunteers, have consistently delivered the most wonderful, life-changing experiences to seriously ill children and their families – year after year and always free-of-charge.”

– Sir Kenneth Branagh



Gordon Cooper


Gordon Cooper is a non-exec director and co-founder of TCC Global NV, an international marketing company servicing the retail industry.

His early career was in advertising for two UK agencies and later on in sales roles for two publishing companies based in Italy and France.  At TCC he was based in Milan and New York for over 25 years before returning to the UK in 2014.  He currently sits on the board of Summit Media an e-commerce specialist and the TCC Foundation.  Also involved with a number of other charities & NGO’s


Our Ambassador

As well as being a serial adventurer and motivational speaker, James Ketchell is also a tireless ambassador for the work we do at Over The Wall.


In 2014 James became the first person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.

“I didn’t feel worried about anything because Over The Wall is the best place in the world.”


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Annual Review 2017

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