We love hearing the wonderful memories that our guests create at our Haven Parks – so much so that we’ve dedicated a whole week to them!
To kick things off we’ve spoken to a very talented man who has been visiting us for many years. It’s these visits that have inspired him to create his artwork. We gave Ron Morley, the man behind the art, a call and he told us how and why Haven inspires him.
‘As a Father to four children and now Grandfather to 11 Grandchildren I’ve been going to Haven for years. In fact Jacqueline, my youngest, was 12 when we first visited – she’s now bringing her own kids!
I’ve always been interested in art, in fact I used to draw the children but they’d get fed- up and soon start fidgeting, wanting to move. I also got myself in trouble for drawing people in the pub! My style is exaggeration of what people do – just a bit of fun.
My first picture of Haven was a simple one, cartoon hills and the kids coming down the road singing, “We’re off to see Rory!”. We were staying at Presthaven Beach Resort as it’s just down the road from us and there’s lots to do for the kids – they love archery and painting.
About 7 years ago I was diagnosed with an terminal illness and they said I had to rest. They brought me jigsaws and puzzles but it was the crayons that caught my attention.
After I was released from hospital, I wanted to treat my family for supporting me – I thought the best thing to do was to show them it was about them for a bit. I booked some caravans at Presthaven with Debbie, who works there. She’s amazing, she really did everything she could – she even provided the sunshine!
As a thank-you I sent her one of my pictures as a little joke. She was thrilled and asked for some more. I send the park Christmas cards now.
I love drawing and Haven really does inspire me – in fact I’m sketching one now!’
A taster of Ron’s artwork
Have you got any pictures of Haven that you’d like to share?
We’d love to see them #MyHavenDays