The charity changing children's lives in Cornwall

CHICKS offers holidays and a break for kids from around the UK Photo: ITV News West Country

CHICKS offers holidays to kids around the UK who are living in poverty or who are suffering abuse and gives the children a chance to take a break.

The first group arrived this week. For some of the kids, it is their first time to the countryside and the first time they have seen a horse!

For some of the kids, it is the first time they have seen a horse Credit: ITV News West Country

CHICKS has two retreats in the South West, one in St Austell and one in Tavistock. The aim is give youngsters a chance to escape their home lives and make new friends. Many are referred through social workers or teachers.

For the youngsters, it's also a chance to make friends Credit: ITV News West Country

I've always wanted to go on a horse and now I have I really like it I used to be afraid that something might happen but now I'm not because she is really nice - no he is really nice - It is beautiful I like all the hills I like when we are driving a car I just look out of the window because it is so lovely and peaceful and quiet.

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