I can see the sea!
Boy, oh boy, my wheels have barely touched the ground this month! I can’t believe it’s been a whole four weeks since we last caught up. August is one of the busiest months at the park as the summer holidays are in full swing which is always bucket loads of fun!
The sun has been shining, the birds have been singing and the flowers have been, well, flowering! But it’s not just the plants that have been benefiting from the warmer weather. There’s been so many families making the most of the sunshine, lazing the days away on the beach and dipping in and out the pools!
I love welcoming all the families who come to stay, however there are some who really touch my heart and stick out in my mind. Everyone thinks of the summer holidays as a time to relax, have adventures and make the most of playing with friends before school starts again. But this isn’t always the case for some families.
Young carers have to work so hard all year round and carry a lot of weight on such young shoulders. I recently got told there are 700,000 young carers in the UK – 700,000 – it’s hard for a little old caravan like me to imagine that number!
I feel really honoured to host them and make them feel extra special when they come to stay. They get the chance to laugh, play and feel carefree for once – which was definitely the case for Hannah and her family!
Before they came to stay I’d heard that life had been really stressful for the family over the past few years. I was told that due to disability and physical issues in the family, the eldest daughter, Hannah had to take on a lot of responsibility and spent a lot of time looking after the rest of the family. Hannah and her siblings were SO excited to come and stay with me for the week, so I was determined to pull out all the stops to make sure they had the best time ever. When they arrived, they couldn’t contain their excitement and bounced up and down so hard I actually felt a little queasy!
On their first day, the family all excitedly headed off to the beach and the children saw see the sea FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! In the evening, I heard Mum talking to Dad and she said watching that moment was just priceless – it makes me well up just thinking about it.
As they spent days playing in the sand and the sea you could see the stresses start to slip away. There’s something incredibly calming about being by the seaside – I guess there’s a reason people listen to wave sounds to help them get to sleep!
Throughout the week, the children visited the fair, played on the climbing frames and started to plan what sort of adventures they could have in places close to home when they got back. The memories of having them stay certainly cheer me up on a rainy day!
This is what Mum, Rachel had to say:
“The break meant we were able to spend quality time together as a family away from the stress and worry of day to day life. We are really thankful to be
given this experience. The children and us loved it. We’re lucky to be able to have created memories as a family.”
It was such a privilege to host Hannah and her family – I really am a lucky little caravan!
Until next time…
Kids Pass the Caravan