Group providing first break for adults in need

Left to right: Sharon and Liam Molloy, parents of caravan ownerRory Molloy, Julie Derby of Sand, Sun and Special Needs, Thomas Moule, Mick  Moule, Annette Moule and Casey  Moule at the caravan in Ingoldmells.
Left to right: Sharon and Liam Molloy, parents of caravan ownerRory Molloy, Julie Derby of Sand, Sun and Special Needs, Thomas Moule, Mick Moule, Annette Moule and Casey Moule at the caravan in Ingoldmells.

A group donating seaside breaks for sick and disabled children and their families is now also providing holidays to deserving adults.

This week the Moule family were enjoying the opportunity to get away from it all on the Lincolnshire coast thanks to the Sand, Sun and Special Needs group .

The youngest member Thomas, 18, suffers from a genetic condition called DiGeorge syndrome which can cause learning difficulties, autistic traits, heart defects and a cleft palette

Thomas, from Rotherham, was joined by mum Annette, dad Mick and sister Casey for the week long stay at the Laver Leisure Holiday Park in Ingoldmells.

They are the first all adult family to have been given a holiday by Sand, Sun and Special Needs.

The move was made possible after the voluntary community group was given a dedicated caravan at the Blue Anchor holiday resort in Chapel St Leonards.

This has enabled holidays provided by supporters offering the use of their own caravans to also be made available for adults.

Group administrator Julie Derby said: “We were getting lots of requests asking if we offered holidays for adults.

“I get all the messages and some of the circumstances people are in are heartbreaking, so we decided we needed to do something to help.”

She added: “We feel happy now we can provide holidays for adults, it was awful having to turn people down. I have been in tears hearing their stories.”

The group has provided around 25 holidays for children and teenagers since it was set up by Skegness caravan maintenance worker Michael Ryan under three months ago.

Thomas and his family were making themselves at home in the caravan donated by Sand, Sun and Special Needs supporter Rory Molloy.

A student at Newman Special School in Rotherham, Thomas is starting a course at catering college later this year.

He was looking forward to spending time on the beach and visiting Fantasy Island theme park during his week away.

Annette, who celebrated her 46th birthday during the stay, said: “It is brilliant to have been given this holiday, they are a wonderful organisation. We were surprised to be offered it. I didn’t realise they had started helping adults, but asked because Thomas is only 18.”

Sand, Sun and Special Needs has more than 5,700 members on its Facebook site and is aiming to provide a specially adapted disabled caravan.

A fun day is being held on August 3 at Summerlands in Ingoldmells to raise funds.