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Sheryle's Story

Sheryle holds her daughter's hand on holiday. They're at the entertainment and behind them we can see some mascots. Sheryle's daughter is excited and is reaching toward them with a smile on her face.

"I want to show other women that change is achievable. I’m living proof."

Sheryle's Story

Sheryle has experienced the hardships of homelessness and an abusive relationship. Some of the challenges meant that she had a difficult start with her daughter, now just two. A break away with Family Holiday Charity gave them a chance to relax together. 

Sheryle lives in a flat in London, but only a few years ago was homeless and sleeping on the streets. Her own family had all passed away and she had to leave an abusive relationship. 

Because of her own experiences, Sheryle is passionate about helping other women in a similar situation. She volunteers two days a week in a local charity shop whilst Daisy is at nursery and has recently completed training to be a peer mentor with a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation service. She is hopeful that this will lead to paid employment and in time, she would like to work within the criminal justice system, supporting women. 

Sheryle holds her daughter's hand on holiday. They're at the entertainment and behind them we can see some mascots. Sheryle's daughter is excited and is reaching toward them with a smile on her face. Sheryle is wearing a face mask.

As well as working in the charity shop, Sheryle also set up a grassroots charity with her friend where they hand out sanitary packs to women and girls in need. 

When Covid-19 hit and the various lockdowns were in force, Sheryle found it a little isolating.

 

I don’t really have any friends. I had to change my whole lifestyle to turn things around, so when the charity shop was closed during lockdowns it was difficult

After hearing about Family Holiday Charity, one of the support workers made an application and a 4-night break was arranged at Combe Haven holiday park on the south coast. 

Sheryle said, “I never went on holiday as a child, but I thought it would be nice for us to relax together.” 

Sheryle holds her daughter's hand on holiday. They're at the entertainment and behind them we can see some mascots posing for a photo. Sheryle is wearing a face mask but we can see in her eyes that she is smiling. Her daughter is smiling too, we can see the excitement in her little body through the photo as she prepares to run toward the next exciting thing that has captured her attention, out of shot of the camera.

After travelling from London by train, the pair settled in to a very comfortable 3-bedroomed caravan on the holiday park. Sheryle recalls, 

“It was so peaceful and quiet, and we had so much space. I live on a main road at home and I’m forever hearing sirens, so it was really nice to be able to go to sleep for 4 nights with complete quiet.” 

During their stay, Daisy and Sheryle went along to the toddler shows onsite, which Daisy really enjoyed. They also had fun in the playgrounds, but their favourite memory from the trip was the swimming. 

I’d never taken Daisy swimming before, because of the lockdowns, but the break gave me the opportunity to book us in and try it. To be honest, I’m not sure we would ever have gone swimming without the holiday

Since their holiday in June, they have been visiting the local leisure centre for swimming twice a week. Sheryle explained that she had to stop the lessons after a few weeks because of cuts in her benefits, but she is keen to keep up with getting in the pool and teaching Daisy not to be afraid of the water, practising some of the things they learnt during lessons. 

Sheryle admitted she hadn’t even considered the leisure centre before, so the break has had a very positive impact and given them an activity that they can enjoy together. 

Remembering their break, Sheryle said,

The holiday was a complete change of scene and an after the last year, it was an opportunity to spend some relaxing time together.

Sheryle's Story