The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

About us


Jeremy Leigh Pemberton, CBE, DL (Chairman) *
Henry Freeland RIBA
Andrew Jackson
Dr. Michael O’Brien MD FRCP
Francesca Radcliffe
Julia Sibley MBE *
Andrew Wimble *

*member of the Investment Committee

Executive Director

Jane Thorne



“THE D’OYLY CARTE CHARITABLE TRUST” and the logo DCT are the registered trademarks of The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 5638406 and Registered Charity No. 1112457.


CHICKS provides free, week-long respite breaks in the countryside for disadvantaged children and young carers aged 8-15, from across the UK. Whilst at the CHICKS retreats in Devon, Cornwall and Derbyshire these children have the opportunity to try a variety of new or novel activities, such as horse riding, body boarding, rock-climbing and canoeing. There is also time for ‘free play’ when the children can choose from the many on-site facilities of trampolines, table-football or simply relaxing in the fields with their new friends. These activities are all designed to help the children realise their potential, gain confidence and self-esteem and to widen their horizons, whilst, of course, being fun!

All the breaks are tailored to the needs of the children visiting who also benefit from the high 2:1 child to adult ratio which ensures that they receive the care, attention and reassurance that may be missing from their home lives.

CHICKS has received regular support from the Trust since 2006.