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Time to reflect

Hell-oooooh there… it’s me again! The park has been looking rather fine and dandy with all the autumnal colours – there’s even been a little frost on the ground some mornings! The clocks went back at the weekend, which seems to signify that winter is truly on its way. I do love that extra bit of shut-eye, and boy oh boy, did I need it this week!

October half term feels like the last hurrah at the park, as it fills up with families making the most of the week off. It was rather a drizzly week, but despite the rain, (which all the furry four-legged friends seemed to love), families still had a fantastic time.

I had the pleasure of hosting my last family of the season which always feels like an extra special week! And whilst I can’t deny looking forward to a bit of R&R, I’ve had a truly wonderful six months. Seeing so many families arrive and leave at the end of the week with huge smiles on their faces makes me feel on top of the world.

The team at the charity recently told me that out of the referral professionals they asked, over three quarters of them only worked with a handful of families who got to leave their local area over the summer. So I am glad that I could provide families with that chance – and I have YOU to thank for helping me do that.

As the season draws to a close, I’ve been feeling all reflective about all the wonderful families I’ve met – I get a lump in my throat just thinking about some of them. As all of these memories have been whizzing round my head, I thought I would share a collection of quotes from families and referrers who left the charity some lovely feedback!

“Being in the caravan was really nice and different. It was homely and the kids loved it. The kids called it “our caravan” from the first day.”

“It was a break away from everyday living. It was a little escape away.”

“The holiday meant the world to us. We have never been alone as a family as we share a house with other people.”

Sandcastle drawing“We love nature so the nature trail treasure hunt was a highlight! It was very cold but the sun was shining every day and it was so nice to go somewhere peaceful. Thank you so much for this experience!”

“Thank you very much for the opportunity. It was a great experience and the first time my children have been outside of London.”

“We are so grateful for this break and one day we hope that we can do the same for other people.”

“I really cannot thank you enough. The service and opportunities you provide for these families is priceless and it makes a real difference to them. It gives them the chance to experience things they would never be able to do. It makes a huge difference to their relationships and this has a positive impact all the way round.”

 “What you do is fantastic and makes such a difference to families’ lives. These children had never had a holiday and they were 11 and 15!!!”

“Mum is particularly grateful for the break. She was very distressed before she went away and this has certainly made a big difference to her and she seems more able to cope. She was overwhelmed by the holiday award and it has definitely made her feel that people care about her difficult situation and she doesn’t feel so alone now.”

Hearing what a difference a simple break with little old me can mean to families makes me filled with pride – and I hope you do too. Once I’ve had a chance to put my wheels up and reflect, I’ll share even more about the adventures we have had this summer!

Shirley the Caravan x