Trust’s caravan offers Exmouth holidays to families

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 April 2016

Exmouth's Deputy Mayor Brian Cole was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Holiday Homes Trust caravan at Devon Cliffs on Saturday. Ref exe 15-16SH 9785. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth's Deputy Mayor Brian Cole was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Holiday Homes Trust caravan at Devon Cliffs on Saturday. Ref exe 15-16SH 9785. Picture: Simon Horn

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A new holiday facility for families in need has been officially opened in Exmouth.

The Holiday Homes Trust caravan at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park was officially opened by Exmouth deputy mayor Brian Cole.

The caravan, through which the trust offers seaside holidays for families from disadvantaged backgrounds or affected by disabilities, is more modern than the charity’s previous facilities, and has wheelchair access.

It was funded by £10,000 from the Clare Milne Trust, which supports disability projects, £5,000 from CHK Charities Ltd, and a £5,000 anonymous donation.

The Holiday Homes Trust was founded in Exmouth by Charles Porter in 1969.

Previously known as the Scout Holiday Homes Trust, it now has eight units on eight holiday parks.

More than 6,000 families have enjoyed holidays through the trust since its inception.

A charity spokesperson said: “The trust brings families together in a relaxing, welcoming environment where all of their needs are catered for and they can simply enjoy a leisurely break.

“Without our help, some families would not be able to afford a holiday at these popular holiday parks, as our prices are lower than that of the parks for a disabled caravan. Also, without the wheelchair access, a lot of disabled people are unable to have a holiday in a caravan.

“The feedback we have received from families with a disabled member has been very positive and they frequently mention that, without us, they would not have been able to have had a holiday.

“Over the years, we are proud to say that we have provided many families or individuals with an affordable holiday in adapted caravans, which are all wheelchair accessible.”

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