A holiday for the children

Rita, a single parent with four young daughters and no wider family support, had been on the waiting list for an operation for some time. She was concerned because she had no one to look after her children when the time came to go into hospital. She approached the SVP to ask whether they could help. As Rita was given a date at short notice, right in the middle of the summer holidays, SVP members decided that the best solution was to take the children away to the seaside. When the girls unpacked their suitcases, SVP member Pippa noticed that Rita had had neither the time nor the money to provide her children with suitable holiday clothes. She made a trip to the shops and soon all four girls were kitted out with new summer clothes and sandals.

 One of the girls said afterwards:  ‘I loved my holiday with my sisters. We made sandcastles and we found a heart-shaped shell to give to Mummy.’

What could have been a traumatic experience for the family turned out to be an exciting and memorable holiday for the girls, as well as giving Rita the time to make a full and speedy recovery.

This case study and many more like it can be found in our book ‘Changing Lives’, available for a suggested donation of £5.00. Contact the SVP National Office to order a copy.