Sunninghill mum takes a break
Published: 14 Oct 2013 12:300 comments
Angela McCarthy joined 18 other mums at Sebastian’s Action Trust’s respite home, The Bluebells, in Hampshire, for a pampered sleepover, from Saturday, September 28, to Sunday, September 29.
The group was made up of mums with seriously ill children, who are supported by the trust.
Mrs McCarthy, whose six-year-old daughter, Martha, suffers from a rare chromosome disorder, said: “It was nice to be looked after by someone. We don’t often get a whole day of downtime.
“I certainly felt relaxed when I came home! It was a great opportunity to just let our hair down. I just want to pass on my thanks to the charity for organising this specially for us.”
The group were treated to a wine tasting session and afternoon tea at a vineyard before heading back to the respite home for an evening of entertainment, which featured a burlesque dancing lesson, an Xbox dance-off and a game of twister.
The following day they made the trip to a nearby pub for a cooked breakfast and left the children’s respite home in the afternoon with a bag of treats, including luxury chocolate.
Jane Gates, chief executive of Sebastian’s Action Trust, said: “I am so pleased our mums have had a great time this weekend.
“We received feedback at our children’s sleepovers that the mums would like to have a weekend away, too, so we decided to organise a mums’ sleepover.”
The charity is planning a similar day for dads later this year.