Bid to give bereaved families a holiday in East Devon

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 September 2016

Caitlyn Vertigan enjoying the bouncy castle at a charity event in Withycombe

Caitlyn Vertigan enjoying the bouncy castle at a charity event in Withycombe


An Exmouth woman is hoping to raise enough money to buy a holiday home for families of bereaved children.

Tracy Rickards Flynn, of Lyndhurst Road, has been looking into buying a static caravan at Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Otterton.

She is already arranging holidays for six bereaved children after a donation from the owners of Pooh Cottage Holiday Park, in Budleigh Salterton.

Tracy has been given dates when the youngsters can stay at Pooh Cottage for free.

Tracey said there was a need for holiday accommodation as it was not always easy for families with bereaved children to go on breaks.

She said: “People cannot always afford to go on holiday.

“One of the parents I spoke to at a children’s hospice said they hadn’t been on holiday for years.”

A sponsored bounce was held at Withycombe Rugby Club with proceeds being shared between Tracy’s cause and the club.

A total of £180 was raised on the day and further donations are still being counted.

The rugby club has also donated £140 to the appeal and £500 was raised when a music event was held.

Some £120 was also raised by a pamper evening held by the Light Therapy Clinic, Victoria Road.

As well as money, Tracy is looking for people to donate unwanted toys, books and children’s clothes.

Anyone who wants to donate towards Tracey’s cause can ring her on 07972 474088 or email

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