My name is Samuel

“Amazing, quality family time”

That’s how mum Vicky summed up their 3 night stay at a holiday park in North Wales in March.

“It was nice to be away from home, away from the stresses” commented Vicky. “There was a sense of normality with no appointments.”

My name is Samuel picture insetVicky and her family were referred to us by Michelle at Barnardo’s who had been working with them for over six months.

Her youngest child, Samuel, was born with a disability, requires oxygen 24 hours a day and uses a wheelchair to get around. As Michelle says, “They find it difficult to get out together, especially having to use the wheelchair and taking the oxygen with them.”

Home life can be a challenge. With frequent medical and other appointments Vicky’s three other children, Elisha (15), Jack (12) and Thomas (9) often have little choice but to tag along. Michelle visits them every six weeks or so to give them support and advice, but is in contact weekly and is always available should Vicky need someone to talk to.

Samuel cut outWith Samuel in mind, we booked them into a ground floor chalet that made access as easy as possible. The nearby play area proved a hit, especially with the two older boys, as did the indoor swimming pool. The family also enjoyed visiting the soft play area, walking around the holiday park and visiting the nearby town of Pwllheli.  Although the beach is difficult for Samuel, dad Gavin ventured down with Jack and Thomas.

Since the break, Vicky has given birth to Jacob, and with Samuel starting school in September family life can still be quite hectic. But with memories of the Family Holiday Association break and with the support of Barnardo’s she is embracing the challenge. “Barnardo’s have been amazing” Vicky said. “They helped get our lives back on track. And the holiday was the icing on the cake!”

“Seeing the kids enjoying themselves made our day. The children were so much more relaxed. They made memories. We can still see it now. It did them the world of good.”

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