Giving the gift of a holiday

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25th November 2020

We’re just one year on from the launch of our Grace Award for Caring, and we’re so excited to be awarding many deserving carers with a free break.

The award was created to give the gift of a holiday not only to carers, but to their loved ones too. We asked our guests to nominate their carer, or a carer they know, and to tell us all about why they deserve a holiday. So, we partnered up with Holiday Property Bond (HPB) to offer our carers an escape to one of their charming locations, while we welcomed their loved one for a revitalising holiday with us.

So many of our guests reached out with incredible stories and choosing just a few winners was impossible. That’s why our panel of judges have chosen 8 winners to experience the magic of an HPB Holiday.

Here are a couple of the stories they shared with us…

One of the many Holiday Property Bond Locations, Coo Palace, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Helen & Daniel

Helen Fowler reached out to us and nominated her son, Daniel Fowler, in the hope to give him a much-needed break from the every day. At 23 and managing his own challenges living with Autism, Daniel has cared for Helen since he was just 12 years old. In 2007, Helen developed Encephalitis, had a mini stroke (TIA) and suffers with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which led to 7 months of being in and out of hospital. During this time, Daniel was settling into secondary school; a challenging time already for a young boy. So, with the added pressure of having to drastically adapt his home life to care for his mum, Daniel was under a lot of pressure. Helen tells us,

“I couldn’t be any prouder than I am with all he has had to do for me and overcome. He is now 24 and continues with my everyday living.”

 

Jenny, Jeff & Lin

Nominating both of her parents, Jenny Holt got in touch with us to talk about why her mum and dad deserved to win the gift of a holiday. Jenny is 50 years old and lives with spina bifida, and relies on her parents to take her to regular hospital appointments as well as doing all of Jenny’s cooking and cleaning. Lin and Jeff are in their 70s and have their own health worries, but they care for Jenny without any complaints and stay positive. Jenny believes they have given up a ‘normal’ life to care for her.

“I feel that their health issues would improve if they were given the chance of a holiday, and they wouldn’t have to think of my needs, as I would be having a great time being well cared for by Revitalise staff.”

It is for people like Daniel, Helen, Jenny, Jeff and Lin that we created our Grace Award for Caring, and we cannot wait to hear from them once they’ve taken their well-deserved breaks.

 

*The Grace Award for Caring was postponed until now due to COVID-19 as breaks at Revitalise and the Holiday Property Bond were not available. Winners have now been awarded their breaks for 2021, and these holidays will be honoured beyond 2021 depending on COVID-19.

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