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“Our memories weren’t tinged with sadness”

Family

Tom and Rebecca had been trying to be parents for such a long time, so they were delighted with the birth of their daughter, Maria, in 2007. Sadly, Rebecca has never been able to get over losing two children prior to Maria, and her severe depression and anxiety make it difficult for her to find and retain work. In fact, she is rarely able to leave the house. Tom tries his best to be strong for everyone, but it’s hard – and financially it’s a struggle surviving on one wage.

Tom says: “When I had to give up our car, I felt like we had lost a lifeline. That’s when I decided I needed to help too and started to talk to a family counsellor, Kate. She told me about the Family Holiday Association and I was dubious at first, as accepting charity felt like a blow to my pride, but once she explained, I realised that a break was exactly what our family needed.

“Kate referred us to the charity and I felt over the moon when we were accepted. The look on Maria’s face when we told her we were going to the seaside was priceless.” With support from our charity, the family travelled by train to Skegness for a few days in a caravan by the sea.

“For a few wonderful days, the pressure of life was lifted, Rebecca looked brighter, Maria laughed and played, and we all felt happy. The break lightened our load for a while, and for once gave us memories not tinged with sadness. For that, I am so very thankful.”