Leaves crunching, wellies splashing!
Phew! Well that was a busy couple of months. It’s started to get a little quieter around the park now, as all the kids are back to school. Although there are still plenty of holiday-makers hoping for some last-minute sun.
I know most people are sad to see the end of the summer months, but I for one LOVE the cosiness of Autumn! The sound of the leaves crunching on the ground, the beautiful pink sunsets and crisp, sunny mornings… ahhh, it’s just magic.
The park may be calmer, but I can assure you I’m still working hard to host lots of lovely families! Presthaven holiday park really is my happy place, so it’s great to be able to share it with families. I hear some devastating stories from families who come to stay, but I always feel honoured that I can provide a bit of comfort and respite in their time of need.
A family I know I’ll always have fond memories of is the Jacksons. They had been going through a really stressful time and this break came at just the right moment for them. The family had suffered a loss which had completely knocked them all sideways. The toll of the last year had really got to Mum, Christine and losing someone so important had left her really struggling with her mental health. I knew I couldn’t solve everything, but being able to offer a lifeline meant the world.
The week the Jacksons arrived, the weather was iffy to say the least, but that didn’t stop them having fun! And hey, what’s better than splashing in puddles in your wellies! The kids LOVED the adventures that they could have outdoors and spent the days exploring together. The change in scenery (and we have some lovely scenery here, even if I do say so myself!) seemed to do the whole family wonders.
At the start of the week, Mum, Christine seemed a little nervous about taking the children to the different activities, but as the days went on you could see the worry begin to lift. I was chuffed that the holiday park provided a safe environment where Mum could build her confidence to try new things. One evening, Mum had saved up enough money to take the children for a family meal. It was nothing fancy, but you could tell it meant the world to her and was a memory that would stay forever.
After the break, the lovely referrer told us that Mum was coping better with her anxiety and had built the confidence to find play activities for the children. They even had a big sort out of the garden so the kids could continue their holiday adventures back at home. I think sometimes just knowing that there are other people looking out for you in your time of need can make the world of difference to your spirits.
I know I can’t solve everything, but I’m glad that some time away has helped the family to relax and feel a little more optimistic about coping with the challenges ahead. And I should say a huge thank you to YOU too! As without your support, I know that I wouldn’t be able to keep helping as many families as I do…
Now it’s time to dust off those cosy jumpers, get out your warm winter boots and I’ll talk to you next month!
Kids Pass the Caravan x