Holding out Hope is a charity supporting children and adults living in Eastern European institutions.



We currently have projects running in Bulgaria and Romania in particular.



There are a number of ways you can get involved in the charity from donating and fundraising to personally volunteering on trips.

Holding out Hope

Supporting Children & Adults in Eastern European Institutions

Holding out Hope has been involved in numerous projects, supporting children and adults in Romanian & Bulgarian institutions since 1991. We believe that we have a duty of care and must counter discrimination or abuse in the care and treatment of the residents we are trying to support.

Pete Brady, the founding member and chairman of the charity first went out to Romania in 1991 with Bristol Mencap, having seen horrific films of some of the institutions and the deprivation suffered by the inmates. The charity became registered in 1999 and has always consisted of a small core group of volunteers, however new volunteers are always welcome as there is an endless need for help.

All of our volunteers pay for their own international flights, enabling all of the fundraised money to go directly to the people that it is destined for. Holding out Hope have no administration costs and is made up of volunteers who offer their time to running the charity at no cost.


Kez’s Summer Trip 2016

This Summer I was lucky to be joined by my dad, Jeremy, who was volunteering with Holding Out Hope for the first time. Our trip consisted of two [...]

Christmas Trip 2016

Volunteers – Pete Brady, Tracy Robbins, Klara Rostas Arrived in Bucharest on the 9th December and we were met by our regular driver DuDu. [...]

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