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Ben's Den

Welcome to the Ben Parker Trust Fund

Ben’s Den is a dedicated children’s charity based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and set up in memory of Ben Parker, who sadly passed away in 2003 following a battle with leukaemia.

The aim of the charity is to support the families of children fighting leukaemia or cancer, by gifting them a free holiday and allowing them to spend much needed, quality family time together away from the overwhelming hospital environment.

The charity was set up by Ben’s parents in March 2004. Since then, they have held many fundraising events and now have 7 caravans in total , one of which is a fully adapted caravan which will mean inclusive access for wheelchairs.

As from November 2023  we have 7 vans , 6 at Mablethorpes Golden sands and the 7th being at Tattershall lakes in Sleaford, this gives us a further option to offer families a short break for 52 weeks of a year.

Up to the opening of the vans at Mablethorpe 2024 we have had in excess of 1500 families use our vans, this is something we are very proud of and look forward to accommodating many more families to make many more lasting memories xx


About Ben’s Den

Ben's Den offers the families of children fighting cancer or leukaemia the chance to heal, recuperate and create happy memories by the seaside in a safe and comfortable place.

About Ben

Ben Parker was just 10 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He was a strong and determined little boy, and, with the support of his family, he bravely fought his illness for 3 years.