A home from home with an official opening of special Hunstanton caravan
An official opening by a cancer charity of a special caravan in Hunstanton has taken place on Sunday.
The purchase of an eight-berth caravan at Parkdean Resorts at Manor Park Holiday Park officially opened in memory of Eve Morrison
Known as Eve's Place, breast cancer charity Something to Look Forward to will allow families who have been affected by caner to visit the caravan for a holiday.
The caravan was purchased in whole with a donation left in the will of Eve Morrison and with a top up grant from the Pink Ribbon Foundation of which Eve was a prodigious supporter.
Free holidays will be provided to families affected by breast cancer and cancer poverty at the caravan.
Members of the Manor Park team, as well as representatives from Something To Look Forward To, the Pink Ribbon Foundation, and Eve Morrison’s family, celebrated the occasion with a host of activities, including an official ribbon cutting ceremony, the unveiling of the Eve’s Place plaque, a tour of the park, and a celebratory lunch on site.
Something To Look Forward To was founded in 2015 by one family affected by cancer to improve the lives of thousands of other families affected across the UK.
It provides gifts and experiences that have been donated by individuals and businesses to families who are struggling financially and emotionally.
Francesca Abery, managing director at Something To Look Forward To said: "Securing their first holiday home for families affected by breast cancer is a huge milestone for the charity.
"We’re delighted to be celebrating the official opening of Eve’s Place at Parkdean Resorts Manor Park Holiday Park.
"The Pink Ribbon Foundation funding will help us make a real difference to the lives of families affected by breast cancer.
Some 62 per cent of the people who have used our service are affected by breast cancer and many were forced to shield for extended periods of time during the pandemic, which had devastating effects on their emotional health and wellbeing, leaving many isolated and scared for the future.
"Now we are living in a new normal our breast cancer community need something to look forward to more than ever.
"Having access to a free holiday with their family and loved ones to break from the world of cancer is going to be a huge positive in these families’ lives."
Lisa Allen from the Pink Ribbon Foundation said: "Everyone at the Pink Ribbon Foundation is delighted that we have been able to award this grant to Something To Look Forward To, which is as a result of the generosity of the Morrison family.
"Eve Morrison loved her holidays as they gave her a focus each year as she cared for her second husband, and she would be delighted to know that other families facing difficulties will benefit from a much-needed break to make memories and gain renewed strength.
"We are big supporters of the work of Something To Look Forward To and know that they make a huge difference to many lives touched by cancer, and we are happy that so many families will enjoy a caravan holiday in this beautiful part of the UK."
Rob Warner, operations director at Parkdean Resorts, said: "We’re thrilled to be able to support Something To Look Forward To and the Pink Ribbon Foundation with this initiative.
"Families will have the opportunity to take a well-deserved break at this fantastic park, and our team at Manor Park will no doubt help them to create some amazing memories."
The caravan is open for application to those affected by breast cancer from point of diagnosis up to one year after their last active treatment or major surgery.
Applications can be made at: https://somethingtolookforwardto.org.uk/