Back in 1957 our founder
and Chairman, Don Coombe was working as an insurance broker
at Lloyd's. Known as a keen Scouter, he was approached by
an Underwriter on behalf of Lady Joan Zuckerman with the
request to take a group of very poor lads from Wolverhampton
, away to camp. With the financial assistance of the Lloyd's
community, Peter Manton (a Scouting friend from Jersey) and
many others the embryo of the Coombe Trust was created. A
group of 24 lads were off to Jersey for our first summer
camp. This camp continued for 30 very successful years and
allowed 720 underprivileged lads to enjoy probably the best
10 days of their young lives.
In 1963, having realised that girls, Mums and Dads could
benefit from a holiday (very often the first family holiday);
Don registered the Coombe Holiday Trust Fund as a charity
and later the Coombe Trust Fund. Today we operate under the
Coombe Trust banner reg.253241. At this time we purchased
our first holiday home, Golden Acre in Westgate-on-Sea, over
time we have been able to acquire four more adjacent properties,
with a sixth hopefully being purchased shortly.
year, families or community groups can enjoy a fun-filled
holiday week or two at the seaside, in one of our fully-equipped
holiday homes. Where required, we will provide transportation
in both directions, we make no charges whatsoever.
Recently we built a respite care facility in Catford,
south-east London (Coombe House) where youngsters with special
needs receive the best care and attention in a fantastic
and innovative environment. Expertly run by The Ravensbourne
Project we encourage you to visit their website. www.ravensbourneproject.net
Or founder still serves as Chairman of our Trust and continues
to devote much of his life to the good of others.
Over the years we have provided holidays for over 10,000