Eva’s first holiday

Eva's first holidayImagine never having been more than a few miles from where you were born. No weekend breaks, no ice creams at the seaside, no coach trips – and certainly no foreign holidays. For Eva, this was her life for more than 60 years.

Eva is 62 and has been raising her grandsons for the past two years. The children ran away from home to escape their mum’s abusive partner, who has since been sent to jail. Their mother has been left with both physical and emotional scars, and she feels unable to look after her children for the time being.

Grandma Eva, who is widowed, has worked hard her whole life to provide for her family, and she didn’t expect to be working past the age of 60. But with things the way they are, she simply has no choice.

What’s remarkable is that, until recently, Eva had never been away on any kind of holiday. Even when times weren’t quite so tough, she felt money was better spent on more immediate concerns such as food, clothes and not getting behind with bills.

Evas first holidayThe family’s support worker, Karen, got in touch with us to request a break for Eva and her grandsons. Eva couldn’t believe it when she found out they would be going to the seaside for a few days. “I always thought holidays were for other people – not us,” she said.

On their return, Eva told us: “All I can say is ‘Wow’. For once I felt like I was allowed to have fun. I have so much going on in my life at the moment: caring for both my grandsons, and also looking after my son and brother who have health problems. If I’m under pressure, the boys are under pressure – so the break meant the world to us all.”

This is a true story published with the family’s consent. Names and some other details have been changed to protect confidentiality.