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Be The Light

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Be The Light

Karen shares her story of how a short holiday made the world of difference and offered her a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sandy toes, windswept hair and smiling faces. A chance to recharge and reset. A light at the end of the tunnel.

Holidays make a world of difference. For every family choosing between a new pair of school shoes and a day out. Holidays give that time to be carefree and have fun. Family Holiday Charity is here for families going through tough times to enjoy time away together. Families like Karen’s…

I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Thankfully, I am in a good place now, and while life has its moments, just as it does for everyone, l am really excited about the things that are happening. My kids are doing well. I have taken up running, much to the surprise of my friends. I’m running the London Marathon in 2022 so that another family can benefit from a holiday, just like I did. I’m starting a new business too – a mobile catering van for events, my own raclette truck!

I'm Karen by the way.

Hear from Karen as she talks about what her holiday meant for her family.

“A while back, things looked different for me – and to be honest, a bit bleak at times. I was going through a difficult divorce, and several other quite serious things happened which led to a complete turnaround in my life. I felt like I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. I was focused on taking care of my children and trying to deal with the fall out of major things happening all at once. I remember thinking to myself ‘this is how it is now; this is what it’s going to be like for me’.

“I can’t remember if it was a social worker or someone else who suggested I could really use a holiday. My reaction was ‘I just can’t even deal with that right now’. I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was so chaotic trying to cope with everything.

“At the time, I did appreciate the holiday of course, but it’s looking back that I realise how amazing that trip was for me and the kids. To get away completely, not have any responsibilities for a few days, to gather myself, prepare for the next onslaught of things that were going on in my life at the time.

Karen proudly standing in her raclette horsebox

“I didn’t know what to expect. My mum and dad came with us – which was really brilliant. They had no idea how to help me best with everything I was going through, so it gave them something to focus and really help with. Mums and Dad’s don’t stop worrying, do they?

“My mum made sandwiches for the journey, my dad drove us all and we arrived at our little caravan by the sea. I spent time with the kids running around on the beach. My mum, dad and I talked and walked a lot – serious stuff, and laughter too. I don’t know if it was the fresh air, or the sound of my kids laughing, but the way I thought about things started to change for me.

“I wanted to take this chance to say thank you – its people like you who meant I was able to get my holiday about 8 years ago. Look where I am now – at the time, I never would have thought it possible. A holiday sounds like such a simple thing, but it really does make a massive difference to real people!

“If you’re able to, I’d like to ask for your help to support other families – frazzled mums, dazzled dads, just like me – to be able to capture the feeling I had from the holiday.

“Your gift could be the light at the end of the tunnel for another family.”

Karen inside her raclette horsebox with customers standing in front

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