Exmouth charity invites disabled people to join its holidays
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2017
An Exmouth charity which provides holidays for disabled people is hoping to find new people it might be able to help.
Accessible Coach Holidays organises trips twice a year for people with physical disabilities and difficulties getting around.
Charity founder David Morris, 74, who has MS, said: “It’s giving people who can’t easily get out of their own homes, who struggle to get on a bus or train and would never have a holiday otherwise.
“It gives them a chance to get away and meet other people and make new friends.”
David organised the first trip after hearing a group of MS sufferers talking about the sort of holiday they would like to go on.
He said: “I heard them say ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go away for a normal holiday?’
“They didn’t want to go to a nursing home or a specially converted hotel, they wanted to go away and be treated normally.
“I thought, having been a coach driver myself, ‘this must be possible’.
“That evening I did some research, made some enquiries and, in 1999, our very first trip to Blackpool took place.”
The charity does not provide carers, but travellers are welcome to bring their own carers, along with family and friends.
David added: “We have had so many good, memorable trips with fantastic feedback from those who have attended.
“We encourage anyone who wants to take part in a fun and enjoyable trip to get in touch today; we guarantee you will enjoy it just as much as our regulars.”
The charity’s next holiday will be to the Lake District and North Wales from August 27.
The following trip will be to central England and the Derbyshire Dales in May 2018.
The trips take place on a wheelchair-accessible coach, and a tour guide is included.
Pickup points are at Exmouth, Exeter and Tiverton.
As well as looking for new holidaymakers, the charity is also always on the lookout for sponsors, as to keep its holidays viable it needs to raise £12,000 a year in donations.
For more information, about holidays or sponsorship, call David on 01395 275681.