Our BBC Radio 4 Appeal presented by Arthur Smith
We were delighted to be featured on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal, presented by our Vice President Arthur Smith.
- Listen to our appeal online – simply sign in or register to the BBC iPlayer. Don’t forget, if you wish to donate to the Appeal, you can still do so on this website via the link below.
Arthur tells you more about our BBC Radio 4 Appeal and what it means to him to support our charity.
How you can help
You can still donate! Even though the BBC website has stopped accepting donations to our Appeal, you can still donate via this website.
The generous response of the BBC Radio 4 listeners raised an incredible £13,383 in August 2017 towards Revitalise’s hardship funding initiative, the Revitalise Support Fund.
The Appeal told the story of two of our guests, Mavis & Colin. Their Revitalise break meant both Mavis and Colin could be looked after, whilst spending quality time together and just enjoyed being ‘husband and wife’ without the added pressure of giving and receiving care. Without the financial assistance of the Revitalise Support Fund, Mavis and Colin, and others like them, would not have the opportunity of a break.
Revitalise is hugely grateful to Radio 4 listeners for supporting our work and helping us provide essential breaks to those who need it most. Disabled people and carers face many challenges but we are absolutely determine that a lack of funds for respite should not be one of them.
Everybody needs a break
Mavis and Colin’s story
Mavis and Colin have been together for over 50 years, but a few years after they got married Mavis started to develop multiple sclerosis. Colin left work to become her full-time carer. But disability was never far from their lives. In 2002 Colin was diagnosed with dementia. Their lives had changed forever. Both had been caring for each other with no break until they got funding for a week at one of Revitalise’s holiday centres.
“Revitalise got me back to my ‘fun’ side again that had been missing for a while, and has always been a big part of me and my life. I got my ‘mojo’ back!” – Mavis
The Revitalise Support Fund – supporting people in financial hardship
Like Mavis and Colin, disabled people and carers face many challenges and affordability can be a real issue. We have set up the Revitalise Support Fund to ensure that everyone who needs a break can afford one.
All the funds raised by the BBC Radio 4 Appeal will go towards our hardship fund – The Revitalise Support Fund, to support people like Mavis and Colin.
Supporting disabled people and carers
Revitalise has been supporting disabled people and carers for over 50 years, providing a unique mix of nurse-led care and real holiday experiences. We firmly believe that disabled people should not have to lower their expectations, and have a right to expect the same choices and freedoms as those without disabilities.