Notes from Niamh
To provide two static caravans on our care farm dedicated to veterans & their families who suffer from PTSD as a respite holiday site.
Notesfromniamh.weebly.com was started to let other children know they are not alone when dealing with PTSD. This is her holiday accommodation as promised
June 2014 - July 2014
Charity information: Exmod "Forget-Me-Not"
Many veterans find it difficult to cope with taking the families away; flashbacks can be triggered through sights sounds and smell Fireworks, cars back firing, even children crying can ruin what should be valuable family time. Some veterans find it vertually impossible to leave the house, & cannot participate in the usual things that mums and dads do
As a result holidays are avoided, missing out on valuable time together and the children never gain those special childhood memories.
We hope to offer two fully furnished static caravans on our care farm situated in landscaped gardens and away from the chaos of everyday life.
In addition to the care farm which is solely for the use of veterans, the holiday accommodation is three miles away from Yeovil in Somerset and approximately twenty minutes from the beach.
Emergency respite can be catered for during difficult times of the year such as Christmas & Bonfire night.
An idea by Notes from Niamh and located at Exmod
Raise approximately £10,000 to purchase and situate 2 static caravans for family use
Activities» Hold small raffles, and attend various fund raising events and promote the aims on Notesforniamh.weebly.com website . Children suffer too from PTSD
What success will look like
By offering families a safe environment to enjoy quality time together. Details of our fund raising efforts will be shown on both our website and Notesfromniamh.
We hope to be able to offer discounted respite and holiday accommodation for approximately one hundred and fifty families a year.
Children and other family members suffer the effects of living with a person suffering from PTSD. These caravans are dedicated to letting them know that they are not alone and they can enjoy family time in a safe "veteran friendly" environment,
The biggest risk is that we may have too many bookings for the holiday accommodation and have to turn people away as a result.
We would offer families alternative dates or discuss our accommodation needs with local landowners to ask if they may be in a position to assist.
We would report directly to donors via email, though our own website and facebook pages and also through Niamh's blog at the miilestones reached.
Donors would also be welcome to visit the site and see what their money has provided and the changes it can make to a families life.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £6,000 Groundworks Installing plumbing, electric and hardstanding area to situate the caravans on £4,000 Purchase of caravans Purchase, transport and situate caravans
The care farm is situated in Yeovil, Somerset and is surrounded by lakes and countryside.
Any member of the armed forces or veteran suffering from PTSD in need of holiday accommodation or respite facilities during difficult times.
Notes from Niamh was founded by a young girl (our daughter) who has grown up living with the effects of PTSD in the family. Not being able to go to firework displays, seeing daddy run away after he has suffered a flashback and listening to the screams from his nightmares. She initially wrote two books about her experiences which went global and decided she would not rest until she helped a little more by offering holiday accommodation for others who are in her situation.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Niamh Finlay Howe
Founder of Notes from Niamh - now 17 years old this young lady fully understands how difficult it can be growning up with PTSD
Veteran and co-founder of Exmod. Suffering from severe PTSD, he has dedicated his life to providing accommodation to homeless veterans at Exmod
I know what is it like to grown up with "weird parents" and want to help others understand they are not alone