Watching son Luis splashing around in the swimming pool grinning from ear-to-ear was a magical moment for mum Jayne Grant.
“Luis was just so excited,” said Jayne. “He absolutely loved it. The staff were fantastic with him and you don’t often get a pool that is accessible, so it was just really great.”
The Grant family were the first to stay at Derian’s brand new holiday home at Ribby Hall Holiday Village.
The fully-adapted lodge will give families, who may not otherwise be able to, enjoy a break together to relax and unwind from the stresses and strains of daily life.
The luxury lodge, set in a peaceful location on the holiday park, comes complete with an electric medical bed, hoist, fully-adapted bathroom and a large wheelchair-friendly decking area outside.
The park itself has an accessible swimming pool with hoists, a great selection of eateries, night-time entertainment, and a host of other family-friendly fun activities including cycling, boating and mini-golf.
This summer, Derian House sent a postcard to all of its families, inviting them for a free week’s stay. Within days the lodge was fully-booked for the year.
For the Grant family, it was much more than just a week away – it was a rare chance to spend precious time together as a family making happy memories.
“It’s a lot of work to look after Luis because he has complex needs, and it’s quite hard to come across holiday accommodation that’s fully accessible,” said mum Jayne.
“We’ve had a really horrible time lately and when I heard we were the first family to stay in the lodge I had tears in my eyes. It has meant so much to us because it’s given us time to be together as a family.”
The holiday lodge has been so successfully in fact, that Derian House is looking into the feasibility of buying a second plot at Ribby Hall.
David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House, said: “It’s been great to be able to give our families the news that we are sending them on holiday. Seeing their excitement has been wonderful.
“Ribby Hall was a perfect choice as it’s not too far to travel, and yet the peaceful location means it really does feel like a getaway.
“We really hope our families will have a fantastic time creating happy memories at the lodge and that it will give them a well-earned chance to relax.”