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Spring forward, fall back!

Hell-oooooh there… it’s me again! The park has been looking rather fine and dandy with all the autumnal colours – there’s even been a little frost on the ground some mornings! The clocks went back at the weekend, which seems to signify that winter is truly on its way. I do love that extra bit of shut-eye, and boy oh boy, did I need it this week!

October half term feels like the last hurrah at the park, as it fills up with families making the most of the week off. It was rather a drizzly week, but despite the rain, (which all the furry four-legged friends seemed to love), families still had a fantastic time.

I had the pleasure of hosting my last family of the season which always feels like an extra special week! And whilst I can’t deny looking forward to a bit of R&R, I’ve had a truly wonderful six months. Seeing so many families arrive and leave at the end of the week with huge smiles on their faces makes me feel on top of the world.

The team at the charity recently told me that out of the referral professionals they asked, over three quarters of them only worked with a handful of families who got to leave their local area over the summer. So I am glad that I could provide families with that chance – and I have YOU to thank for helping me do that.

As the season draws to a close, I’ve been feeling all reflective about all the wonderful families I’ve met – I get a lump in my throat just thinking about some of them. As all of these memories have been whizzing round my head, I thought I would share a collection of quotes from families and referrers who left the charity some lovely feedback!

“When they left for the holiday, their grandson didn’t know they were going away. The grandparents told him he was going to school in the morning and when he realised they weren’t, they said his face was a picture!”

“Thank you. It was such a treat for us to have a break together. We were able to forget about the day to day worry and stress we have at home and have fun.”

“This was amazing, as a family we played together all the time and the kids and us loved every minute of it.”

“The break meant the world. They had never had a break away together as a family. It was respite for the family as well as a lovely break for their grandson.”

 “The best moment was the children just playing and enjoying themselves without the stress of worrying what is happening around them.”

“Laura is a confident person but the time she had away meant such a lot to the family and she has grown in herself and is ready to meet anything coming her way.”

“This break really was a very special treat for Lauren, especially as it was just her, her mum and an adult carer for mum who attended in the end. She has never before had Mum’s undivided attention so it was a very special time for them. They have created some lovely memories.” 

Hearing what a difference a simple break with little old me can mean to families makes me filled with pride – and I hope you do too. Once I’ve had a chance to put my wheels up and reflect, I’ll share even more about the adventures we have had this summer!

Jammin’ the Caravan x