COVID-19 - RESPITE BREAKS UPDATE
Shorefield Country Park, have made the difficult decision to close their gates in line with the government advice to stop all non-essential travel. As a result, all of our respite break bookings will be cancelled and we will not be accepting any new or re-scheduled bookings until further notice.
When we are able to book respite breaks again, those who have had their bookings cancelled since 1st March 2020 will be given priority. We will get in touch with you nearer the time.
We understand that this will be disappointing for some families, but hope that these actions help to keep you and your family safe during this unprecedented pandemic.
We are not currently accepting new applications for new Respite Breaks.
Information updated: 13/03/2020
We understand that a short break away is often key for the survival of family relationships during the roller-coaster ride of childhood cancer. For this reason we feel it is important to give families the quality time together that they need, away from hospitals, doctors and treatment, but not too far from a UK hospital.
A common side effect of cancer treatment is a very low immune system, which can mean that children become ill often and unexpected hospital stays are a regular occurrence. As a result, a holiday can seem like an impossible dream to so many parents of children undergoing cancer treatment.
We own two large holiday homes with three bedrooms in each. They are both located at Shorefield Country Park in the beautiful New Forest and are used solely to give children and their families some time for rest and relaxation. This quality time enables each family to reconnect while enjoying the local nature, getting to know the famous New Forest ponies or simply relaxing on the veranda!
We have also formed a partnership with a Trust who have given us access to a beautiful, Grade II listed farm house in Bramfield, Suffolk. The seven bedroom house also has a games room, stables with small farm animals, a vegetable patch, duck pond, tennis court and access to an off-site swimming pool. This retreat can give families an opportunity to completely relax in a rural location away from the hustle bustle of their day-to-day lives.
The purpose of our Respite Breaks is to enable everyone to sit back and relax like a 'normal' family where cancer is not the main issue of the day. Often these short breaks away can be 'just what the doctor ordered', or so we are told! Our aim is to make each holiday as stress-free as possible and so, we make sure to take care of everything, from booking to bed linen, so all you need to do is pack and get there!
Please be aware that our holiday homes are not currently adapted for wheelchair access.
Does your family qualify for a Lennox Respite Break?
If your child is under 18 years old and has been diagnosed with or undergone treatment for cancer or leukaemia in the last 12 months, you can apply for a Respite Break. Priority will be given to children who have siblings in school for Respite Breaks outside of term time. If you have previously received a Respite Break from Lennox, priority will be given to new applicants.
Dates & Availability
Our holiday homes are available from the the middle of February until the last week of December each year. When you apply, we will ask you to provide three suitable dates, one of which should be outside of school holidays, and we will do our best to accommodate one of those.
For holidays starting 10th February - 30th June, allocations will begin on 1st August the year before.
For holidays starting 1st July - 31st December, allocations will begin on 1st February.
Applications can be sent in at any time and will be held on file until allocations start.
Each year we list the available dates on the online availability calendar. Please bear in mind that this list may not show all of the dates already booked but should serve as a guide for you to avoid some of the unavailable dates.
*NEW* From 2019, each Respite Break will be for 3 nights (Fri-Mon) or 4 nights (Mon-Fri) to enable us to provide holidays for more families. In special circumstances, we may be able to provide a 7 night break.
The school holiday dates are in very high demand and are often filled very quickly. We do our best to allocate breaks as fairly as possible using the set criteria. We strongly recommend that you put at least one date outside of the school holidays. Doing this will not reduce your chances of being allocated a school holiday date but will increase your chances of being allocated a break if you are not allocated one during the school holidays.
We understand that education is very important and we do not encourage you to take children out of school during SATS or GCSE preparation years. However, we will provide a letter to support a request to your child's school for time off during the term.
We don't charge anything for you to stay at our holiday home. There are no hidden charges and, if possible, we may sometimes be able offer you a little spending money!
Holidays make families stronger,