'Beautiful' new Sandy Bay caravan enables 'dream' holiday for wheelchair users

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 May 2018

Left to right, Dream-A-Way trustee Bob Spencer, charity ambassadors Nicole and Lauren, chairman Jeff Merrett and trustee and vice chairman Gill Freeman. Picture by David Maxwell.

Left to right, Dream-A-Way trustee Bob Spencer, charity ambassadors Nicole and Lauren, chairman Jeff Merrett and trustee and vice chairman Gill Freeman. Picture by David Maxwell.

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A charity which provides respite breaks for people with disabilities has celebrated the opening of a brand new, fully adapted luxury caravan, at Sandy Bay.

Shannon with Emma, from Bourne Leisure. Picture by David Maxwell.Shannon with Emma, from Bourne Leisure. Picture by David Maxwell.

Charity Dream-A-Way already owned nine luxury holiday homes at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Sandy Bay, but their newest addition is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Funded by a generous donation from the Clare Milne Trust, this fully adapted unit was officially opened by Dream-A-Way Ambassadors Nicole and Lauren

On Saturday, April 21, friends and supporters of Dream-A-Way arrived at Devon Cliffs, to welcome the arrival of the new facility.

Charity chairman Jeff Merrett MBE said: “It was a real honour to invite Nicole and Lauren to open this stunning, new adapted holiday home and Dream-A-Way.

Jessica, enjoying the view from the new caravan. Picture by David Maxwell.Jessica, enjoying the view from the new caravan. Picture by David Maxwell.

“This new home will enable us to offer local families and individuals using wheelchairs to enjoy a much-needed break at beautiful Sandy Bay.”

The event was attended by Bourne Leisure staff members, Dream-A-Way trustees, committee members, volunteers and invited guests.

Mr Merrett said he was ‘delighted’ by the support from the Clare Milne Trust and thanked the management at Bourne Leisure for supplying an ‘amazing’ buffet.

Entirely run by volunteers, Dream-A-Way provides holidays, days out and other experiences for people with disabilities and life-affecting health conditions.

Dream-A-Way's new, fully adapted holiday home. Picture by David MaxwellDream-A-Way's new, fully adapted holiday home. Picture by David Maxwell

Representatives of the Clare Milne Trust, Bob and Jane Spencer and Margaret Rogers, said they were ‘delighted’ to to support the charity and fund such a ‘beautiful’ holiday home.

Following the official cutting of the tape and a few words, everyone was treated to a complimentary buffet and celebratory drink at The South Beach, supplied by Bourne Leisure.

The Clare Milne Trust supports people living with disabilities in Devon and Cornwall, by making grants to charities working directly with people with disabilities.

The Clare Milne Trust focuses its grants on small effective charities with good volunteer support.

The interior of Dream-A-Way's new, fully adapted caravan. Picture by David Maxwell.The interior of Dream-A-Way's new, fully adapted caravan. Picture by David Maxwell.

To find out more about Dream-A-Way’s Sandy Bay holidays, visit www.dream-a-way.org

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