In 2015, Walsingham Support purchased a caravan on the picturesque Cumbrian coastline to enable those supported by the charity to enjoy an affordable holiday or weekend break in a beautiful setting.
The caravan was acquired using money from Bill’s Fund, which was set up following the death of former Walsingham Support Care Director, Bill McLaughlin, in 2002. Proposals for how the fund should be used come directly from the people supported by the charity, who send in ideas for items, amenities or experiences that could make life better for them and others.
About Bill’s caravan
The caravan has two bedrooms, one double and one twin, a bathroom and a lounge area with gas fire and TV. Guests can access the leisure facilities of the Spring Lea Holiday Centre, which include:
• A local pub and on-site restaurant
• A swimming pool, sauna and hot tub
• A children’s play area
• Car parking
• A launderette
• Free Wi-Fi
At our annual Involvement Conference, and our regular involvement meetings, a common theme from people we support is that going on holiday should be part of a ‘normal’ yearly routine, as it is for most people who do not have learning disabilities. This is something that we at Walsingham Support are trying to make a reality for people we support, and not merely a once in a lifetime aspiration.