We're a small charity, founded by Patrick and Joan some 45 years ago. During a difficult time in their life, they were encouraged to take a break but couldn't afford one. A friend came to the rescue and helped them. Refreshed after a break, Pat and Joan vowed to help other families experiencing challenging times to feel the benefits of a break for themselves.
Today, we help families in need of a break who are referred to us by professionals who are working to support the family. This network - of teachers, social workers, health visitors - means that we know we are helping the families most in need. Families who will have the right support in place to ensure they can prepare for, enjoy and benefit from a break.
The families who turn to us often experience multiple challenging situations, such as disability, long term ill health, mental health conditions, or who have faced bereavement or domestic violence.
A break is just that - a moment in time, away from from the norm - that brings a renewed and fresh perspective on life. For some, this may be the first holiday they ever had, and they may never have seen the sea before. Breaks bring new experiences, a chance to break the mould and try different things, and a new sense of confidence in what is possible. A few days away can have a life-long impact.
Like many charities, Covid had a big impact on the people we support as, of course, we had to stop o ffering breaks. As we head into 2021 we are looking at our plans for the season ahead and how we can help even more families going forward.