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.

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

It was after the businessman Joe Woods, had arranged for children from the UK to be flown to The Hole in The Wall Gang camp in the US, that a friendship between himself and Paul Newman, actor, philantropist and camp founder, developed. In 1999, the two of them made the decision to set up a camp in the UK, that was later named Over The Wall.

When Over The Wall first launched, it catered for 25 children with cancer. After that first camp, the charity went from strength to strength, providing camps for various illnesses across several different locations in the UK. In 2020 it will provide free residential activity camps for as many as 1,200 campers.

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