The Council of Church Society acts as Trustee for the Birchington Convalescent Benefit Fund.  This fund is used to help 'poor children' to have a 'change of air' whilst they are recovering from illness or suffering from a long-term illness.  In practice the Trustees give modest grants to help children and their families to take a holiday where they might otherwise not be able to afford to do so.  Grants are rarely given for expensive or overseas holidays. 

Grants are made to those under the age of 18 living in the UK and in order to ensure that applications are genuine the Council requires that they are supported by a recognised person or body, such as social services, a doctor or charity.