The Patron of the Sailors Childrens Society, HRH The Princess Royal recently launched an appeal to replace four caravans, used by the society, based in multiple locations around the UK.
The Sailors’ Children’s Society supports disadvantaged children of seafarers throughout the UK usually following a traumatic event in that young person’s life due to bereavement, illness or desertion. The aim is to help the children through the difficult times until the family is once again ready to move forwards independently. Along with financial and emotional support, a caravan holiday is an important element of the help the society gives, they has led them to own eight caravans on Haven Parks.
The Society supports over 500 children at any one time, which means the caravans certainly see a large amount of use! A week away from the stresses and strains of daily life allows the children to laugh, smile and have fun; importantly the chance to be children again.
I spoke to the Chief Officer, Deanne Thomas, about this new appeal. “As you can imagine, the caravans have a large amount of wear and I’m pleased to say that the Patron of the Society, HRH The Princess Royal has launched an appeal to replace 4 of our oldest caravans based in Berwick Upon Tweed, Reighton Sands, Rockley Park and Perran Sands,” says Deanne, “the total amount we hope to raise from the appeal is for £150,000, which also includes an additional new caravan. Each year the Society sees an increase in the number of families asking for help, as a result of this, our thanks go to the teams at the Haven sites for providing such wonderful breaks to the families we help.”