Holidays for people with dementia

All About Cherish

Who are we?

Cherish was founded by Janet Wright, a former Occupational Therapist, who became aware, whilst working with people with dementia and their carers, of the benefits that could be derived from assisted holidays and day trips. Together with John Mather and a team of volunteers they have run holidays for over 10 years.


In 2006 the first holiday was organised and following it's success others were organised each year until in 2012 Cherish was formally set up and Charitable status was granted by the Charity Commission.

Cherish Dementia Holidays CIO

On 31st January 2020 we became Cherish Dementia Holiday's CIO.  This has been registered at the Chartiy Commission and from this date we will be using this new title and the old Cherish Dementia Holiday Trust will be closed down.  All our events will carry on as normal.

Aims and Objectives

Cherish's aim is to provide affordable assisted holidays and day trips to people with Dementia and their Carers, usually husbands and wives, daughters or sons or anyone who provides a substantial amount of care.  Importantly each couple needs to be self-caring as no personal care is on offer.

How do I find out more?

Details of the holidays and day trips are contained in newsletters which are sent out several times a year.  To receive these a membership form needs to be completed.  There is no charge to be a member.  See Contact details for how to apply.

What are the benefits?

As well as a break, the holiday gives people the opportunity to meet others in the same situation. People with dementia enjoy the company of others in the same boat and benefit from the Carer’s undivided attention.  Carers are able to discuss problems and share experiences.  Often friendships are forged and telephone numbers exchanged, thus providing a lasting supportive network for the future.


Latest News
Sadly all our planned events are postponed until further notice.  They will be rearranged as soon as we are able.  Take care everybody 

A New Patron for Cherish

Dave Willetts supports local dementia charity

For the last 30 years, Dave has been one of this Country’s leading musical theatre stars. He was the first person in the world to play the leading roles in both LES MISERABLES and PHANTOM of the OPERA, amongst many others. For the last 3 years, he has led the SINGING for the BRAIN sessions in Coventry on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society. This has now become the biggest attended session in the UK.

We are delighted to tell you that an award of £6,000 has been made to us from the Wesleyan Foundation Thank you to the Heart of England Foundation for putting our name forward for this grant.

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Last updated on 8th August 2017

Cherish Dementia Holiday Trust