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Respite homes

We understand that cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery can be a very difficult process for both patients and their loved ones. Normal family life and routines are often disturbed by the strain of regular medical treatment, and a break away from it all is often invaluable. Time away to relax, regroup and recharge in a comfortable environment can help enormously.

We have two seaside homes – one in Whitby and one in Filey. If you’re being treated by the York Hospital Trust, we can offer you the chance to get away with your loved ones for a three or four-night stay. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, or getting through the other side, we’re here to help.

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44 Metropole Towers

Top activities in the local area

There is a wealth of activities, beauty spots and entertainment available in Whitby and the surrounding area for you and your family to enjoy.

Look out for activities such as:

  • The Whalebone Arch
  • Whitby Cliff Lift
  • Whitby Storyteller guided walks
  • Whitby Whale Watching.

Best restaurants near Argyle Road, Whitby

Some of the best-rated restaurants near our Whitby holiday home include:

  • Long King – Chinese
  • The Moon and Sixpence – Seafood
  • Cosa Nostra – Italian
  • Mademoiselle’s Café Bistro – French.


31 Turnberry Drive

Top activities in the local area

The village is set in parkland, woodland and meadows and fronts onto a stunning stretch of the east coast. As well as Filey, just three miles away, there’s a wonderful sandy beach on the doorstep, plus meadows and lakes around which to relax. 

Look out for local activities such as:

  • Playdale Farm Park
  • The Primrose Valley Big Chair
  • East Riding Leisure Centre
  • Glen Gardens.

Best restaurants near Primrose Valley, Filey

Some of the best-rated restaurants near our Filey holiday home include:

  • Valentino’s – Italian
  • The Boat Shed – Gastropub
  • The Royal Oak Pub – traditional pub grub.

How to apply

If you’d like to apply for a break away, first you’ll need to download and fill out this application form. We’ll also need a signature from your doctor or senior nurse. You can also get a form from the Cancer Care Centre, at our shop at York Hospital, or at most GP surgeries.

Please send this back to the address listed on the form. You can choose to stay from Friday to Monday (three nights) or Monday to Friday (four nights).   

During subsequent years, one further visit is possible as long as the referral criteria is met. However, new patients will take priority.

Once a date has been agreed, we will require a £50 deposit to confirm the booking. This should be in the form of a cheque, which can be returned at the end of your stay unless you wish to donate it towards the upkeep of the apartment.

If you have any questions, please call us on 01904 764466, email nicola.doherty@yorkagainstcancer.org.uk, or fill out the form below.

Need to contact us?

Call us on 01904 764 466 and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

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