25 years ago we started supporting just 7 families. Now we are making a difference to over 1200 people and supporting children with more then 50 different conditions and serious illnesses


Camp Simcha Established

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.

Our Big Brothers and Sisters join the team

We set up our volunteer programme to bring fun and laughter to children.


Toy Drive

This was the year of our very first toy drive. Around 5 schools took part and the toys were sorted in Rachely and Meir's house.


Our first fundraising dinner

Our very first dinner was attended by 380 people at The Park Lane, Hilton and raised £200,000.


Retreats Start

Our very first Retreat for 6 families was held at in Norwich.


First paid director, Neville Goldschneider appointed

Neville opened the first office in Pearl House, Temple Fortune

We are family

Mandy Isaacs joins the Camp Simcha team as the first Family Liaison Officer

New Conditions

In 2005 we started to help children with other life threatening conditions then cancer.


Location, location, location

Camp Simcha began helping families in Manchester, Gateshead, Leeds, Bristol, Norwich and Glasgow.

Our first FLO in Manchester

Pearl Lopian our first Family Liaison Officer in Manchester joined the team to start supporting families


On the move!

The charity moved from offices in Temple Fortune to 'The House', in Queens Road, Hendon, through the generosity of the Orenstein family.

Summer fun

Our first Keshet summer day scheme was held this year


A picture paints a thousand words

Our therapeutic arts sessions began and our one of our most popular services to date


Our first Manchester Dinner

Was held at The National Football Museum with 120 attendees

An Award for Rachely

We were so proud when Rachely won the Points of Light Award


Camp Simcha Says Yes

At our Fundraising Dinner in 2015 we announced that we would widen the criteria of children we could support to include life changing conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes, Chrohn's and Colitis.


Our biggest 'challenge' yet

This year saw our very first overseas challenge 'Conquer the Canyon'

Ladies Lunch

Our first Ladies Lunch event was held at JW3 with guest speaker Faye Ripley


Partnership with Noah's Ark

At our Together Again London Dinner we announced a unique partnership with children's hospice Noah's Ark. with the support of the Wohl Foundation we provided a Shabbat room for families using Noah's ark, Ark Building.

Our new Presidents and Honorary Guardians

We were delighted that Jonathan and Sharon Goldstein became our Presidents and Philippe and Deborah Katz became our Honorary Guardians.


New project

Camp Simcha announces plans to support families of children with serious mental health conditions


Our Growth

We now have 13 FLOs, 250 volunteer big brothers and sisters, and support 1200 family members