“The best time they could remember!”

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 Harry and his family!

I was told that the Dad had suffered a lot with his health over the past few years, meaning Harry, being the eldest, had to take on a lot of responsibility and spend time looking after his Dad. Harry and his two brothers 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!

They spent the BEST week wiling away the days on the beach and avidly exploring the outdoors. 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! They also loved spending the week sleeping in a caravan and the children were so sad to leave – I was sad to see them go too. The memories of having them stay certainly cheer me up on a rainy day!

The family said that their break was the best time they could remember and the children brought back a few pebbles from the beach which they keep on the balcony of their flat to remind them of their holiday. I’ve been told they spend a lot more time venturing out together back at home and feel closer as family which makes my heart feel all fuzzy inside.

The lovely social worker, Helen, who referred the family got in touch to say:
“The family have not stopped talking about the holiday since they returned. The children present as happier and tell me they miss the caravan and the beach. The family live in very over crowded accommodation with no garden and this break made such a difference by uplifting their spirits. You are a wonderful organisation and make such a difference to the families of whom we refer. Thank you so much.”

It was such a privilege to host Harry, his brothers and their Dad – I really am a lucky little caravan!

Until next time…
Shirley the Caravan