Please help us give more support to disabled people and carers in hardship.
At Revitalise we believe that everyone should have access to a break, irrespective of their circumstances. If you are in any doubt as to the impact we make, the story of Mavis and Colin says it all. When Mavis developed MS, Colin was her carer. Then their roles were suddenly and unexpectedly reversed. Mavis picks up their story:
“Colin started getting things going wrong with him. I noticed him being more forgetful and irrational. It became clear he was struggling with the early stages of dementia. He was not himself at all.
I miss all the things that I did as Colin’s dementia has got worse and you are always wondering how long it will be before you aren’t recognised. It is very frustrating, especially for Colin as he knows what is happening to him.
We got funding for a week at Revitalise and decided to try it. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support we got.
At Revitalise Colin had been getting up and talking to people, something he hasn’t done for a long time. That is a change I have seen in him.
At home I can never leave Colin on his own but because of all the reassurances I actually went on one of the trips without Colin. He had a fabulous time without me there and had lots of laughs.
The fun and the laughter, along with the company, was exactly what we needed to get back to who we used to be. I managed to catch up on sleep, laughs, fun – some time for me.
I also learned some more positive things about Colin that I didn’t think possible after all these years. Colin just enjoyed everything and keeps telling people about our stay there – more memories for him to talk about.
We look after each other. We have been married 57 years and are best friends, lovers and partners. Revitalise was just the icing on the cake of our life together so far. As for the future, you never know what lies round the corner but we just aim to enjoy each other’s company for as long as possible.”
Disabled people and carers face many challenges, but we are absolutely determined that a lack of funds for respite should not be one of them.
That’s why all the funds raised by this appeal will go towards our Revitalise Support Fund, which aims to provide financial support for disabled people and carers in hardship, so that they can take much-needed respite breaks with Revitalise.
If you have been moved by Mavis and Colin’s story, please support our appeal by making a donation now.
Chris Simmonds, Chief Executive
Please support our Spring Appeal
- I’d like to make an online donation in support of the Spring Appeal
- I’d like to give by text: Just text MAVI17 followed by £10, £5, £4, £3, £2 or £1 (leave a space and don’t forget the ‘£’ sign!) to 70070. Simple as that!