Autumn Breeze & Crunching Leaves

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’s 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! Combe Haven holiday park really is my happy place, so it’s great to be able to share it with families. I hear some devasting 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 that has a special place in my heart is the Nelsons. They had been going through one of the most painful years of their lives. I knew I couldn’t solve everything, but being able to offer a lifeline meant the world. The young boy, Jack’s, Dad had died unexpectedly the previous year which left the family heartbroken. Mum, Helen was struggling to cope, as she was trying to process her grief whilst also left struggling for money.

The week the Nelsons arrived, the sun came out in full force! You never can be sure with England… In the evenings, it was so special to watch Mum and Jack sit and unwind together outside, just enjoying each other’s company. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that mean the most! Jack jumped right into the outdoor lifestyle and got stuck in with all the activities and spent hours splashing around in the pool. And the pair of them went on a walk together every single day, which I heard Mum say made such a difference to her mentally.

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. The toll of the last year had really got to Mum and losing such an important part of her life had left her feeling really isolated. The referrer, Jackie got in touch to say this:

“Mum was overwhelmed by the holiday award and it has definitely made her feel that people care about her difficult situation. She doesn’t feel so alone now.”

Hearing about what a difference the break has made to families is one of my favourite bits of being a caravan. Mum, Helen couldn’t have been more grateful:

“It was fantastic to get the opportunity to rest and relax and spend some happy times together after all the misery we have experienced. It has lifted our spirits. We feel refreshed and rested. We are amazed at the opportunity to have this holiday and we can’t thank you enough. Our family are very grateful.”

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!

Shirley x