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 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 three fully equipped caravans, named ‘Ben’s Den 1, ‘Ben’s Den 2’and Ben’s Den 3, Ben’s Den 4 and Ben’s Den 5 which is a fully adapted caravan which will mean inclusive access for wheelchairs.
As from July 2021 we now have 6 vans , the 6th one 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 2021 we have had 965 families use our vans, this is something we are very proud of xx