The Trust was created in 1922. Mary Macarthur had often expressed concern that the tired working women, with whom she came into contact, had no hope of respite or of a holiday. After her death a memorial fund was started as the Mary Macarthur Holiday Homes for Working Women and within a few months the first home The Gables was opened. The name of the charity was changed to the Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust and since then the income and donations have been used to provide holidays for working and working age women.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:


Target group: women’s rights defenders, women journalists

Operates worldwide 

The trust aims to help qualifying applicants some financial assistance towards holidays for women who are in need of a period of rest or holiday by reason of age, poverty, infirmity, disablement or social or economic circumstances. Therefore the maximum available financial assistance the trust can provide for each successful applicant per holiday is £350.