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New Caravan Offers Respite for Children with Cancer

Lincoln-based charity Sophie’s Journey is ready to welcome families to its new fully adapted caravan in Mablethorpe for some quality time away from a hospital environment.

The accommodation, which is the second caravan owned by Sophie’s Journey at Golden Sands Holiday Park, was officially opened yesterday (Sunday 22nd April) and can cater for children with cancer who have extra mobility needs.

Sophie’s Journey was set up in memory of Sophie Robinson from Lincoln, who passed away in January 2016, aged 12, after battling medulloblastoma – a cancerous tumour in her brain.

Sophie’s mum Stacy Southwell runs the charity in her spare time to fulfil a promise to her daughter to improve the lives of children going through a similar experience.  

Stacy said: “We opened our first caravan in March 2017 so families like ours can have the same opportunity we had to enjoy a holiday and create special memories together.

“The caravan is hugely popular, but unfortunately it isn’t suitable for children who struggle with mobility as a result of the gruelling treatment they receive following a cancer diagnosis.

“It goes without saying that we’re keen to help as many families as we can, so we began fundraising for a second caravan that would be specially adapted.”

Having surpassed the £50,000 fundraising target, Stacy was able to purchase the new caravan which includes full wet room facilities and wheelchair access.

Ceiling grab rails have also been installed, and families can enquire about hiring a mobile hoist to use during their stay.   

Stacy added: “It was heartbreaking having to turn people down if we weren’t able to cater for their child’s needs, but it’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we no longer have to.

“We rely on donations and we’re so grateful for any help the public can offer to maintain both caravans and ensure our families have the best break possible.”

The accommodation belonging to Sophie’s Journey is open throughout the season, which runs from March until October.

Stacy said: “We’ve contacted the families we weren’t previously able to help, and they’ve taken priority for initial bookings, but there is still some availability.

“We also offer our first caravan to families who have been bereaved and we’re encouraging people to get in touch if we can arrange a well deserved family break in either of our caravans.”

If you or someone you know is supporting a child living with cancer, or has lost a child to cancer, and would like to apply for a holiday courtesy of Sophie’s Journey, you can do so by contacting Stacy via the charity’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SophiesCancerJourney


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