We’re all going on a summer holiday..!
Hi all, Jammin the caravan here! Cor blimey, what a scorcher! Now I know us Brits like to talk about the weather, but it is definitely with good reason this week. It certainly makes me fancy a little dip in the sea, but I suppose I have to settle for watching lots of happy children and their families do it instead. Lucky me! We’ve also had a few downpours which has helped to keep me cool.
School’s out for summer which means the park is filling up with excited kids and their families – and it’s only just getting started! I can’t wait to tell you all about the visitors I’ve had.
The team at the charity started sending out holiday offers last November which means for some families, the anticipation and excitement has been building for a while. It’s been fantastic to finally get to meet the families!
Unsurprisingly, the beach and pools always prove to be a smash hit – it’s not hard to feel your mood lifted when splashing about in the waves. I recently had a family come to stay who LOVED the pools –The Baines’ I think they were called!
The Baines Family
They were a lovely family, although I barely got a chance to see them, but for the best reason! They were a busy bunch enjoying exploring the park and getting stuck into lots of new activities together.
Before they arrived I’d heard that Mum struggles a lot with her mental health leaving her housebound and making it difficult to take the kids out much. Mum was struggling a bit with her confidence when they arrived, but it was so special to watch her confidence grow and grow as the days went on. That’s part of what makes the holiday park so great – everything is in one place and I love that I can help to make everyone feel safe and comfortable whilst they are here.
After days spent splashing about in the pools and whizzing down water slides I heard Mum saying that she was going to start taking the children swimming when they got home too, which they hadn’t really done before. It was a joy to watch this real change in confidence in her and see what a positive impact spending a few days with me could have on their lives.
I know that the whole family will take away some very fond memories from their stay with me at Primrose Valley – it was their first holiday together and you could see how special it was for Mum to be able to take the kids away. I know I can’t just make all the problems in the family go away, but it warms my heart to see the family bond and the new lease of life they have to cope with the cards they have been dealt.
It was such a pleasure for me to hear the children laughing and joking together as they played in the sunshine. It was a happy week we spent together, and I was sad to see them go – but I know I have plenty more families to meet this summer!
I hope you’ve all got some well-deserved R&R time planned!
Until next time…
Jammin the Caravan