Our chosen Charities of the Year for 2018 are: The Starlight Children's Foundation & The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
To breed and train just one guide dog costs £44,600, but with continual support from The Guide Dog Association those costs will rise to a staggering £56,800 by the end of the dog's working life. There are 4,950 guide dog owners in the U.K, who's lives have been changed forever. Lucy is just one, read her inspirational story and in 2018, help us, to help people like Lucy regain their lives.
Guide dog owner story - Lucy and Olivia
Lucy only lost her sight four years ago. At 17, Lucy had her whole life planned out, when she was old enough she wanted to do a medical degree at university. Sadly she spent the next three years of her life in and out of hospital undergoing various medical procedures. She still has some usable vision but Olivia has greatly improved Lucy’s mobility.
Olivia is Lucy’s first guide dog. “We only fully qualified last week, the training was brilliant, and I really enjoyed the basic route walks,” Lucy explained. “I used to get a bit scared when I went into town, I don’t like drawing attention to myself and that’s hard because when you have a long cane you end up hitting bins and lamp posts and people stare at you. With Olivia no one can hear me coming; now I feel like a ninja!” Lucy laughed. “Olivia and I will be going to university which was always my dream. My field of study has changed slightly, to Psychology. I want to help people with sight loss, other people in the visual impaired community and people who suffer with depression,” Lucy told us.
Even though Lucy and Olivia have only been together for a short time they have still been out and about to many places! Lucy explained, “we have used lots of different transport from trains and buses to taxis and cars. I have been to a restaurant, a café and the local supermarket with Olivia already.” It sounds like there’s no stopping these two!
We asked Lucy to describe Olivia’s personality and the bond they share, “she is very cheeky, very affectionate and loves her food. She is everything to me; I couldn’t be without her.”
It is great to see our lovely Olivia reach this stage in her life changing journey. She is now helping Lucy maintain the independence to live her life to the fullest.
Charity Registration Number 209617
Charity of the Year 2017 & 2018 The Starlight Children's Foundation
Grand Total raised by Lyons Holiday Parks for The Starlight Children's Foundation in 2017: £21,220.92
We have a strong belief in giving to charity and host a number of events and functions across all of our locations to raise money for a nominated charity each year.
Our nominated charity of the year for 2017 was The Starlight Children's Foundation and we are looking forward to supporting their amazing work in 2018 once again.
When The Starlight Children’s Foundation began in 1986, they helped just four children; today, they help over 500,000 children every year all over the UK.
The Starlight Children's Foundation grants wishes-of-a-lifetime to seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in every children’s hospital ward and hospice throughout the UK.
All activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain, fear and isolation they can often feel as a result of their illnesses.
Happy children respond better to treatment and The Starlight Children's Foundation helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.
Wherever possible, they include the whole family, strengthening family bonds during difficult times and providing happy memories for everyone to share, no matter what the future may hold.
To find out more about Starlight, please visit www.starlight.org.uk.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Lyons family
Charity registration number 296058
Cathy Gilman, CEO of The Starlight Children's Foundation, together with our Park mascots, Leo The Lion, Hetty The Hippo and Milo The Monkey. Pictured presenting the cheque are Joseph Lyons Mounds (Jnr) and Danny Lyons Mounds.
An introduction to Starlight from Stephen Fry.