Single mum, Katy, is stepping out of her comfort zone and taking her twin daughters on their first holiday.
Katy's twin daughters are 20 months old and she's bringing them up singlehandedly.
On top of that, she’s only recently moved to a village in Cheshire and doesn’t really know anyone in the area meaning that she has no childcare support from family or friends.
Because she doesn’t drive, she spends a lot of time at home on her own with the girls and can be quite isolated, she mentioned:
Her social prescriber felt that Katy and the twins would benefit from a break away from the day-to-day routine in a place where activities were on-site or easily accessible, and where there might be other families.
Until being referred to Family Holiday Charity for a few nights away, Katy had viewed a holiday with the girls as a near impossibility. Money is tight, especially with the current cost of living crisis, so she’d never had the opportunity to take the twins away before.
What she really wanted was for them to experience what it was like to set foot on a sandy beach. And she also had a good reason of her own for choosing to head to Lancashire. Katy says:
Although nervous about making the journey on her own with the girls, Katy was pleasantly surprised by how everything turned out.
When they got to their caravan at Regent Bay Holiday Park, the girls were thrilled by their new environment. Katy laughs:
It wasn’t just the twins who loved the caravan. Katy was blown away by its size, with a bedroom for everyone.
She didn’t know much about Morecambe before going, “just that there was a promenade and a beach and that’s all I wanted for the girls – it was their first time on a beach. I got them a bucket and spade each and they loved it.”
Having successfully managed to get them all to the resort, when she got home Katy noticed that her confidence when going somewhere with her daughters had improved. Katy says: