"The impact of our holiday was wonderful. The boys spent lots of time swimming. My son's behaviour improved, he was much calmer and very happy and this continued after the holiday ended. I was so glad to be able to take the carer with us as this really did give me a break and I was able to watch my sons having a fabulous time as well as joining in with some activities too"
-from a Mum with 3 sons, one of whom has Autism, who used our grant to enjoy a short break at Butlins, taking a paid carer with her.
"I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Clevedon Forbes Fund for your most generous donation of £500, affording us the luxury of taking a much needed holiday. Life with a special needs child is never easy, and as a mother I know I need to get some respite in order to refill my energy supplies, but life with a special needs child isn't cheap either, and most of our resources are spent on making his life as comfortable as possible. There is never any money left for luxuries such as a holiday"
-from the mother of a 7 year old boy with severe ADHD and ASD. Our grant helped towards the cost of a much needed summer break for the family.
"This carer took part in every activity that was made available to him. He was very good at the archery and enjoyed it so much he is going to take it up at the nearest archery club there is to his house. The trip has increased his confidence, self-esteem and he became a real peer supporter while he was there."
- from the referee of a young carer, himself with a disability, who accompanied his friend on an activity break.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our break. It was much needed and so rewarding. Thank you for your kindness and for helping a very low couple feel good again."
- from a carer able to enjoy a much needed time away from home with his wife.
"I loved my break so much. I not only had a peaceful and relaxing time, I met some amazing people that I was able to talk to that also have HIV. I haven't slept so well in years. The whole experience was lovely"
- from a gentleman returning from a respite break in Cornwall.
"We found it very hard to leave our daughter, but we now feel fully recharged and we were able to spend quality time together as a couple without being interrupted. We met some people and made some new friends"
-from a couple able to have a 5 day break away from their caring role.
Thank you for helping us to get away on a break for a week. We have been through a stressful time in the past year and so much needed a break from it all.
- from a couple with two young children both of whom have had recent life threatening illnesses, leaving one child with a permanent disability.
Thank you for your kindness in providing the funding for my daughter and myself to go on holiday. Because of your generosity I had a friend who was able to be with me as my carer for the week to give my daughter a real break. She was able to join in all the activities on offer.
- from a lady with Multiple Sclerosis whose 8 year old daughter is a young carer.
I came home refreshed, less tired and back to my old self, who had long disappeared with my 'tabard and slippers' mentality.
- from a lady who cares for her severely disabled husband.
We have just returned from a wonderful weeks holiday on the Exmoor coast where the peace, tranquillity and sheer beauty of the place has allowed the stress and strain of our recent past experiences to simply melt away. We have returned feeling closer to each other and closer to God.
- from a couple whose disabled child had required major surgery