Anna was diagnosed with a rare cancer, Neuroblastoma, when she was three years old. For the next two years Anna was in and out of hospital receiving painful and invasive treatment. This took its toll not only on her but her parents, James and Claire, but also her older brother Craig.
Craig was confused and frightened for Anna and he missed her very much. Parents, Claire and James were struggling too, but were managing to get through by taking one day at a time and trying to make the most of each and every day.
As a family they desperately needed a holiday and approached Kids Cancer Charity to see if we could help. As Anna was not well enough to fly or travel too far we offered the family one of our Compassionate Care Breaks in the UK, and we speedily arranged for the family to stay at one of our luxury caravans in Wales.
Our caravan had double glazing and central heating and better still was right on the coast with direct access to the beach. More importantly, it is only 2 miles from the local hospital where Anna could receive ongoing treatment during their stay. As the charity made all the arrangements all they had to do was pack!
We were delighted that the family had a wonderful week together, filled with special memories – smiles and laughter replacing the sadness and pain. The children spent time together on the beach, in the sea, dancing in the Club House, visiting the Zoo and going for rides on the steam train.
Batteries recharged the family had a magical time away from the stresses of the hospital secure in the knowledge that they had the back-up of the charity should it be needed.
During the past year in total nearly 700 individuals like Anna, Craig, Claire and James had a cost-free break at one of our caravans in Wales.