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Project information

Respite & Recovery Breaks

Providing relaxing breaks in the UK for carers and for people who are living with and in recovery from life changing illness so that they can spend some time rebuilding their strength and their close relationships in an environment that most of us take for granted

September 2010 - November 2011

Charity information: Respite & Recovery UK

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  • Need


    Everyone needs a change and time off occasionally. This is especially true for carers who have given so much of their time to caring for a loved one indeed one third of long term carers in the UK have never taken a holiday.
    People on the path to recovery from illness that has kept them at home dealing with ongoing symptoms from their disease or harsh medical treatments also need to have a change of scene. A break can allow carers and survivors to do the things that we take for granted


    Going on holiday is a great way to unwind and improve your well being. In this project Respite & Recovery aim to purchase and manage three static holiday homes at Ladram Bay Park in Devon to enable carers and people in recovery from illness to take a holiday break at a seaside resort in the UK. Here they can relax and build new experiences to share and memories that are removed from hospital appointments and the legacy of invasive treatments

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide 100 breaks annually for carers, people in recovery from long term illness & their families


    » To purchase and equip three holiday homes at Ladram Bay Holiday Park to add to the two we already own

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Attracting at least 100 families annually to take the holidays and bring about a restorative change to their wellbeing and their path to recovery

    Aim 2

    To raise awareness about these holidays to ensure beneficiaries are well informed


    » To publicise the breaks using links with a wide range of media across the UK

    What success will look like

    Success will be...That carers and people in recovery from illness in the UK are aware that we provide this service to them

    Aim 3

    Raise public awareness of the need to support carers and people in recovery from long term illness


    » Publicise the benefits of the breaks

    What success will look like

    Success will be...To have raised awareness of the problems facing carers and people in recovery from long term illness through our publicity campaign

  • Impact


    project will:
    Help people to break the cycle revolving around treatment & reconnect with their identity as an individual person so that they can progress along the path to recovery.

    Encourage carers to think about caring for their own health and well-being
    Demonstrate how effective such projects can be
    Celebrate Caring as a rewarding experience.

    We demonstrate success through
    The number of people who visit.
    feedback from our visitors
    Monitoring the quality of the experience


    There is the risk that some of the applicants may have to drop out of the visit at the last minute due to their carer commitments or an unexpected deterioration in their health.
    We have dealt with this by having a waiting list of places.
    there are health & safety risks which we have dealt with by carrying out a risk assessment of the venues and providing comprehensive insurance


    Donations will be acknowledged:
    On the Respite & Recovery web site, Facebook and Twitter
    In the Respite & Recovery Newsletter
    In all publicity materials
    In the information for visitors.
    The feedback from beneficiaries and the monitoring report will form the feedback to providers of funding

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £76,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,700 holiday homes purchase of three pre used holiday homes
      £7,500 annual site fees payments made to the holiday park to cover use of facilites
      £3,800 marketing and insurance marketing and publicity to attract visitors and insurance cover for three homes
      £4,000 administration admin for answering queries, managing the schedule of bookings and follow up

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Directions £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The holidays will be at Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Devon which is on one of the most dramatic sites along the World Heritage Coast. It offers the perfect combination for a family seaside holiday – good entertainment and facilities and the sheltered bay, with its sand washed pebbles and rock pools, is safe for bathing and water sports and perfect for fishing at night. It is easy to access and the staff are accommodating and fully support the Respite & Recovery aims


    Anyone in the UK who has had to miss their holidays due to their own illness or that of a family member.
    Local rural businesses particularly those in the holiday industry.
    The wider community
    Health professionals who are seeking this type of help for their patients and clients

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have;
    Personal experiences among our trustees of the problems facing carers and people in recovery from cancer treatments.
    A team of dedicated volunteers.
    The support of local healthcare workers and carer groups in the region
    Effective administration which will ensure that the experience of applying for and booking a break will be stress free
    there appears to be no other organisation that focuses on the breadth of the problem in the way that we do

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lisa Johnson

    manages our existing holiday bookings, 20 years of business admin and her experience of prolonged cancer treatment and it’s effects on every day life

    Annette Hamilton

    Chair of Trustees with experience of being a carer and 30 years experience of quality assurance and raising funds through bidding processes


will pay for a respite break

Just having afew days away has made a huge difference to us

Lesley who cares for Neil