We are so busy with our lives that we forget how precious and fragile life can be. When illness strikes it can be devastating, but when it happens to our children, it can be crushing. Read here how Kids Cancer Charity is helping with holiday breaks for families managing this desperate time in their lives.
When Stuart was diagnosed with cancer his parents and family were devastated. Stuart began what felt like a never ending cycle after cycle of treatment, leaving Stuart and his family exhausted. Stuart desperately needed a break away from hospitals and spend some time with his family. His parents were distraught, trying to comfort and console Stuart whilst his younger brother and sister could not understand why Stuart was getting all the attention and cuddles.
The hospital contacted the charity to see if we could help them and arrange a UK holiday break for the family at short notice that fitted in with Stuart’s treatment. The charity arranged for Stuart and his family to have a holiday at one of the charity’s holiday homes at Lydstep Beach Holiday Park in Tenby, South Wales. The charity also put the family in touch with the local paediatric oncology hospital just in case they needed it.
This holiday respite enabled Stuart and his family put life back into perspective. These breaks can often help to reunite families and restore their feeling of belonging by giving them time away together in beautiful surroundings. It is time when families can forget their problems for a short while and laugh together, talk or just have some quiet time away from hospitals and everything clinical.
Life changes when a child is diagnosed with cancer and family life is disrupted, as Stuart and his family quickly learnt. Parents and children find that a stress free break can have magical therapeutic powers as some of these comments from our very special families have shown us:-
“Due to Bradley spending time in hospital we have been passing like ships in the night as a family. To spend time together was so precious.”
“The best part was seeing Demi play in the sand and paddle in the sea; she was laughing and smiling more than I’ve seen her do for ages.”
“Seeing Ryan run freely on a beautiful sandy beach and to be able to go into the water for the first time since he was diagnosed 2 years ago was priceless.”
“Many thanks for your generosity in letting us use the beautiful caravan. Bless you and those who make such holidays possible for people like us.”
We are currently caring for seven children and their families from across Swindon. The breaks are particularly beneficial with Swindon families as the Pembrokeshire sites are in comfortable travelling distance from their homes and hospitals. Please could you consider helping to fund their family respite breaks.
The average cost to the Charity for a family is £550. If several companies or organisations contributed £150 we would soon get another family away, hopefully without making too much of a dent in budgets.