Charities are being offered free stays in unique properties managed by the Landmark Trust.
The charity, which restores historic buildings and runs them as holiday lets, is offering 50 free stays in some of its properties to charities, educational and not-for-profit organisations.
The 50 stays, which are offered as midweek (four nights) or weekend (three night) breaks in 26 of the trust’s properties between 10 and 17 March, can be used for carers in need of respite breaks, struggling families, "hero" volunteers or employees, or for management team away time, the charity has suggested.
The Landmark Trust wants to hear proposals from eligible organisations for how they would use a stay.
Venues offered include Alton Station in Staffordshire, Morpeth Castle in Northumberland and Villa Saraceno near Padua in Italy.
Organisations must be able to fund travel to and from the properties, although a helicopter ride to Old Light Lower, the former lighthouse keeper’s cottage on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, is included.
The Landmark Trust said it would consider any applications that would contribute to the applicant organisation’s wider aims.
Applications by individuals or those for a stay to be used as a raffle or auction prize will not be accepted.
The stays have been funded by a private donor. Applications must be received by 4 January and the successful organisations will be notified by 31 January.
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