The Norfolk caravan changing lives for the better
Taking a summer holiday is something a lot of us take for granted, but this isn’t the case for a lot of families across Leicestershire who have children with motor disorders. But thanks to Smallman & Son Ltd, a Leicester-based, family run construction and manufacturing firm, this is about to change.
In 2014, Managing Director, Brian Garrity, set up the Smallman & Son Foundation to support charities and groups in the local community. With a focus on helping children and young people, the Smallman & Son Foundation has supported a variety of charities and local sports clubs over the years, including Soft Touch Arts, the Bodie Hodges Foundation and Braunstone Boxing Club.
More recently, Brian has purchased a not-for-profit caravan in Norfolk, solely for the families of local charity, Steps Conductive Education Centre; a charity that provides specialist nursery services and supports children with motor disorders and their families. Brian’s daughter, Danielle, said, “When my sister, Chantelle, and I volunteered at Steps, we saw first-hand the inspirational work that happens there every single day; it is a truly magical place. This inspired us to do something a bit different to help the families of Steps”. The caravan has been named ‘Terry Lee Lodge’ after Brian’s late brother.
The spacious, three-bedroomed caravan is a five-minute walk from the beach and a short drive from seaside town, Hunstanton. From a clubhouse, an arcade, a park, sports courts, crazy golf to a swimming pool, there will be plenty to keep families entertained during their stay on the resort.
Indila Simandi, Team Leader at Steps, says "We are deeply touched and really grateful for this wonderful gesture. Steps Conductive Education Centre is a local charity running for over two decades offering a holistic system of learning for children with movement problems such as Cerebral Palsy, global developmental delay, Down's Syndrome and other similar conditions. We place parents at the forefront of their children's education; they are encouraged to learn and play together, ensuring that skills acquired at our centre can be transferred to the home environment. Families also find support from each other and can share achievements. Being able to go on holiday is often something that our families cannot even think of. The Smallman & Son Foundation's gracious offer will enable these families to spend quality time together, some of them seeing the sea for the very first time! Danielle's outstanding detailed planning included adding a ramp and providing toys and games to enjoy in the caravan. I'm sure that the families of Steps will cherish making memories at Terry Lee Lodge for many years to come."
With the first family booked to stay in the caravan over the half term break, we are sure that the guestbook (or Fluffy Bear’s diary as the children will know it) will be full of seaside adventures by the end of the year!