A Blackpool family has been gifted a holiday to Wales over the Easter break to give them some much needed time together.
Lyndsey Trickett, of Rydal Avenue, has had a hard time lately coping with her multiple sclerosis (MS) which last month saw her hospitalised for more than a week.
It meant she couldn’t spend as much time with her husband, Chris, and children Bethany, seven, and Kai, two, as she would have liked.
But St Annes charity A Day of Sunshine, has stepped in and offered the deserving family a week’s break to the Pontins holiday park in Wales next month.
Because of the condition, Lyndsey gets tired quickly, and suffers spells of feeling loss in her limbs.
She said: “It’s hard, but it takes more of a toll on the children.
“Kai’s a bit too young to understand, but Bethany’s a bright little girl and she’s starting to understand that I’m not able to do things with her sometimes. She does get upset and frustrated, but she’s slowly getting to grips with it.
“MS is a complex illness, and it’s hard enough for adults to understand.”
Lyndsey, 29, had been admitted to hospital twice because of her MS, once because she lost the use of her whole left side, and more recently because she couldn’t move her right arm.
Chris, 26, is a chef at the Swift Hound pub on Rigby Road, and works as many hours as he can to support his family.
He said: “She literally couldn’t do anything for herself. It’s just how the disease affects her.
“Even with her MS, Lyndsey likes to be on the go all the time. Even when I’m home she never sits down – that’s just who she is.”
The family was put in contact with A Day of Sunshine through Bethany’s youth club, Bugs 2 Butterflies.
The charity got in touch with the family last week to offer the holiday.
Spokesman David Lee said: “Our charity is about helping local deserving children and their families by giving them a bit of sunshine.
“We think the Trickett family is more than deserving, and we were pleased to be able to offer them this holiday.”
Lyndsey added: “This is a really nice opportunity for us to get away and spend quality time with each other. We wouldn’t be able to do this on our own so we’re really grateful to A Day of Sunshine.”