This week of the year is always a sad one for me as it’s around this time that my Dad passed away and it’s also Remembrance Sunday soon. However it’s also the time I feel grateful that positive changes were made in my life as a result of the very saddest times. Grief actually gave me the wake up call I needed to be brave enough to wave goodbye to the corporate London life I lived, to live and work in wonderful East Devon and beautiful Beer.
Today we have another family arriving to stay in The Boat Shed for ‘Mike’s Week’. Barry and I launched this last year and it’s where we host a family who have been chosen by the Macmillan Hospice in Christchurch for a free holiday. This week allows a person who is very sick to create lasting memories with their loved ones. We’re proud to continue to support the work of this hospice who took such great care of my Dad when he had terminal cancer. They are not linked to the national Macmillan charity and rely on fundraising efforts to continue their good work.
There’s so much research around as to why holidays are so important for people and it’s been proved that taking a holiday is good for your health. Here are the 8 benefits of taking a holiday –
Reduces stress, increases creativity, boosts emotional stability, makes confidence soar, improves your intelligence, improves low moods and helps you fight cold and infection.
This week we’re proud to welcome and host this family and we hope that this time away gives them a change of scenery and the chance to be together to create long and lasting memories.