Holiday memories are something every family should have. The Torbay Holiday Helpers Network was set up to provide free holidays to those who really need them and the charity has recently been in a position to provide a lovely family with a holiday in Blackpool.
Naomi has secondary breast cancer. She has always wanted to see the Blackpool illuminations and that’s just what she, husband Graham and little boy Devon, did recently. Naomi says “The hotel was in a perfect location, not too far for me to walk with my bad back and the staff were brilliant.” Whilst on their holiday they certainly packed a lot in. “We visited the Pleasure Beach where Devon went on loads of rides and met Dora The Explorer. We also went up the Tower and walked on the glass floor at the top. Graham is scared of heights but even he did it which was lovely. We went to a circus and saw the illuminations and ate candy floss and played on the slot machines.” Naomi added “We even dressed up in gangster costumes and had an old fashioned photo taken. So many things that I have always wanted to do were fulfilled.”
The THHN was delighted to be able to provide this holiday for Naomi and her family. Luke Tillen, THHN founder said “ Naomi is an inspirational woman and the THHN was very happy to be able to help her and her family in this small way. As well as providing holidays for sick children, supporting families with terminally ill parents and, where possible, giving them a holiday away from the trials of daily life, is something we are passionate about.”
Naomi and Graham got married in June 2012, after being offered help with the organisation from a local wedding planner. Since then, Naomi has set up Wedding Wishing Well, to help organise and fund weddings for terminally ill people. Naomi has previously worked as a wedding planner and setting up the organisation seemed like a natural progression for her. She says “I thought it would be a great way to make sure others had the same opportunities as me and it is lovely to see people have the wedding of their dreams under such challenging circumstances.”