“IT’S a home away from home.”
A Blackpool charity is giving disabled and poorly people from across the UK something to look forward to, with special holidays.
The Daisy Chain Project, which is made up of 10 apartments on Highfield Road, South Shore, has been run by the Kensington Foundation for the last 12 years.
It offers a holiday home for people with conditions such as leukaemia, brain tumours, blindness, autism, and other life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.
There is no upper age limit, so adults can come with their parents, and there are no restrictions on the number of visits families can make.
The charity will even offer an apartment to families who have lost a child, if they feel it would help them.
All the apartments are themed and decorated to a high standard, with furniture donated through a furniture re-cycling service.
Susan Caradice, from Leeds, has been coming to Daisy Chain for 10 years with her son Ben, now 20, who has autism.
She said the apartments were a “home away from home” and the charity had “made a big difference” to their lives.
She said: “Holidays can be really difficult.
“We’ve had some horrible times on holidays.
“But from the very first time we came to Daisy Chain, Ben settled in. He likes routine, which does make holidays hard, but he felt comfortable here straight away.
“It’s so peaceful, it’s just lovely. The flats are beautifully decorated and each one has a theme, which makes it really special.
“It really is a home away from home.
“The staff are wonderful and they’re like family now we’ve been coming for so long – they make sure your every need is looked after.
“Ben absolutely loves it. He gets so excited when I tell him we’re going to Blackpool.
“It gives us both something to look forward to and we really do enjoy it.
“It means Ben is happy and more relaxed and that means I am happy and more relaxed.
“The charity really has made a big difference to our lives.”
Julia Seaton, project manager at Daisy Chain, said: “We have watched Ben grow into a delightful young man.
“I know the Daisy Chain is now an important part of their coping strategy.
“Each year, we offer 250 children a holiday in home from home surroundings.
“There is no upper age limit. Our youngest visitor being six weeks old and the oldest 47 years.”
For more details about The Daisy Chain project, call (01253) 761444.