Meir Plancey, together with Abi Ofstein, Shimon Levy and Sarah Whitefield began helping children with cancer and their families in the UK in 1993 and Meir, then joined by his wife Rachely, incorporated the charity formally in 1995.
Meir and Rachely voluntarily built up a secure and reliable support network for UK based families, providing them with ongoing encouragement and assistance. In 2005, they employed the first paid director, Neville Goldschneider in order to reach out and help many more children. From the 13 children they supported at that time, Camp Simcha now reaches over 1000 children and family members. In 2007, Camp Simcha began helping families in Manchester, Gateshead, Leeds, Bristol, Norwich and Glasgow.
In June 2009, the base of the charity moved from offices in Temple Fortune to a magical and vibrant new centre, “The House”, in Queens Road, Hendon, through the generosity of the Orenstein family. This centre provides a sanctuary where children and families are afforded the opportunity to attend events and parties and find a place of respite in times of need. Camp Simcha has come a very long way in ensuring that no child where ever they are in the UK has to suffer a serious or life threatening condition without our support.
Camp Simcha is an independent UK charity, which is part of a global network that also has bases in the USA, Canada, Israel and Belgium, assisting some 3,000 children worldwide.