Phoebe’s Lodge

Date: June 26, 2018

Learn About The Nice 2b Nice Charity Caravan On The Park…

Here at Patrington Haven Leisure Park, charity involvement and fundraising are very important to us and if we can help out in any way, we try and do so.

Some of you may know about our charity caravans on the park, for those of you who don’t here’s some information about an individual static caravan we have here, named ‘Phoebe’s Lodge’.

The caravan was donated by the park to the local charity Nice 2b Nice, which is a charity close to the hearts of many people here at Patrington Haven Leisure Park.

A little bit about the charity…

Nice 2b Nice is a Hull based charity working as part of the Life for a Kid Foundation (UK Charity Number 1136410). It is run and managed by two volunteers, David Freer as Founder & Head of Operations and Co-Founder and Sarah Freer who manages the holiday home, Phoebe’s Lodge.

Why David Freer started the charity…

“Back in 2014 I read an article in the Hull Daily Mail about a young boy called Lewis Norman who unfortunately had his wheelchair stolen from him whilst playing in Pearson Park with his Mum; contact was made with the family by myself and after 7 weeks of campaigning I managed to raise just short of £3000, replacing the stolen chair and providing Lewis and two Autistic friends with some much needed sensory equipment; from there Nice 2b Nice was born and to date thousands of pounds have been raised and hundreds of children helped providing them with an array of equipment from wheelchairs, specialists beds, overseas treatment and sensory equipment to name just a few.”

We, as a park, wanted to support this charity and help with its continuing support for families and bringing happiness to disadvantaged children. The static caravan on the park, ‘Phoebe’s Lodge’ is a free service for families with disabled, poorly or disadvantaged children, as a place to break away and enjoy treasured family time.

What David Freer had to say

“There is no surprise of my appreciation to all on the Patrington Haven park, from Guy to the maintenance team. It’s here for families who need it, to get away and make memories. The community on the park is just great, whether it’s to support the lodge or the charity. The owners on the park often pop over to the lodge to simply maintain the garden plot. Phoebe’s Lodge wouldn’t have started without Guy and for that we are very thankful.”

The main purpose of the donated holiday home is to give families the opportunity to get away from the relentless treatments they go through at hospital or home. Nice 2b Nice wanted a place for families to make memories and to put a smile on children’s faces.

The volunteers of the Nice 2b Nice charity, along with the maintenance team on the park have recently worked hard to transform the garden plot into a sensory garden for the children to interact with. The garden is now filled with plants of different textures and smells that play with the senses.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

The charity has plans to continue developing the sensory garden in the future and hopes to install interactive games for the children.

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