For many of the 13 children, the residential trip was their first time away from their homes in Kent, South East London and East Sussex since the start of the pandemic.
Emma Sweetlove, Demelza’s Family Events Lead, said: “COVID-19 has put an enormous strain on the families we support; particularly for siblings who have had to shield alongside a brother or sister living with a serious or terminal condition.
“Many of the children are transitioning from primary to secondary school and the trip has undoubtedly helped to build their confidence and social skills. They were all so brave when doing the challenges and it was wonderful to see their confidence soar; especially amongst some of the quieter ones.
“One of the children described the trip as an opportunity of a lifetime. We can’t wait to start planning our next one.”