One of the families we have helped over the years are The Boults and Martin wanted to share his thanks in a letter.
With his permission, we have published it here
Dear Jeff, Gill and the Dream-A-Way team,
I wanted to take a little time to write to you all from a father’s perspective as Catherine moves towards a more independent life. Catherine is at a stage where she is looking towards applying to universities and this could of course involve moving away next year.
Dream-A-Way has always been a big part of our family as you have shown us unconditional support often above that shown by our extended family. You have been ‘memory makers’ and could not fully understand how big an impact this has had on all of us, many of our big moments have been facilitated by the amazing work you all do.
My wife is an only child and has a very small family that all lives a long way away and are not very mobile.
Having set this scene I would like to take this opportunity to list some of the
memories you have given us.
The first time the children remember meeting their grandparents from the north was at Devon Cliffs.
While at Devon Cliffs Catherine and Heather were unexpectedly offered spaces to visit Disneyland Paris as part of the Dream-A-Way trip and then later extra spaces for Ryan and I came available – This was our first time abroad as a family and the first time the children had been anywhere abroad. We loved it so much we saved to go back a few years later ourselves.
Christmas in Portugal 2013 with a voucher auctioned at a Golf day and then financial support
from you was the first time Ryan had been on an airplane and only the second for Catherine
with ashort flight to Ireland being the first for the Transplant games. This was also the
warmest place we had ever been and the furthest south. We have the bug now for more
distant travel thanks to you guys!
Devon Cliffs 2014 was the last time we got to see Heathers mum before she sadly passed awaysoon after. Attending your wonderful Gala events have been the only occasions we have had to break out the glam rags together.
Attending your Golf day lead to Catherine meeting Joe Hammond and being given the amazing gift of leisure membership at Woodbury Park. This is something we could not have afforded to have done for ourselves and we have taken advantage of regularly and will greatly miss. Catherine had her most successful sporting year gaining medals in 6 out of 7 events at this year’s British Transplant Games, we believe this is linked to being able to train more regularly.
Attending Exeter City as a family and getting to walk onto the pitch and meet players is something very few fans get to enjoy. I personally love football and have really enjoyed these days. This was topped at the Notts County game this year by being able to go and collect the signed ball on behalf of Dream-A-Way. Thank you for this it meant a lot to me.
The confidence you have given to Catherine by allowing her to take centre stage at so
many events is amazing. She is always nervous and worried that she will do you proud but you have never applied pressure to her or failed to lift her. She comes away feeling like a valued and loved young lady.
I hope this goes some small way to demonstrating how important you have all been to us and the impact this wonderful charity has. We really do think of you all as a blessing to us and are grateful for the years of support and friendship.
Thank you all so very much for everything you do and the efforts you go to.