Meet Hannah & Sue Courtnage
For our ninth story of Christmas, we’re sharing the story of daughter and mother Hannah and Sue Courtnage who highlight the importance of revitalising time apart.
Hannah was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when she was a teenager, now uses a wheelchair all the time and has to attend hospital appointments regularly. Unfortunately, this means that Sue and her husband can not bring Hannah on holiday with them when they do go away.
“Whenever I went on holiday, I felt I’d left Hannah on her own to cope…But then Hannah found Revitalise and everything changed!
Hannah found Revitalise online herself and was excited to book a three-night break at Netley Waterside House to see what it was like. She loved her break so much that soon after, they booked Hannah on a week-long holiday at Revitalise whilst Sue went on a cruise.
“Hannah feels very conscious of her appearance, but she doesn’t feel that way at Netley because everyone else also has a disability… At Revitalise she doesn’t feel like the odd one out, she feels normal.”
As well as getting some revitalising time apart, Hannah grew in confidence and made a close circle of friends at Netley Waterside House that she keeps in touch with, and meets up with on Revitalise holidays.
“I can’t praise Netley enough…. It gives me peace of mind and it means that I can get the break that I need. I know that Hannah herself is actually having a fun holiday and that I am leaving her with nurses, carers and fabulous volunteers, and I know she’s happy and having a good time.”
Sue has since gone on to be a volunteer at the Revitalise charity shop in New Milton one day a week, or as often as she is needed to “give something back to such a wonderful organisation”.