Oliver Curd Trust
On 23rd January the club heard a presentation from Karen Wetherley- Moody and Sarah Curd from the Oliver Curd Trust which provides respite to children who have cancer or other life threatening conditions and their families. The Trust owns two static caravans for this purpose, one at Combe Haven and the other at Crowhurst Park. On Sunday, 3 March, a sadly very wet and windy day, the Trust held an open day at their Crowhurst Park mobile home. I went along with Di to see the mobile home, meet some of the supporters and take some photographs. Despite the weather the caravan was packed with people enjoying coffee and cake and talking about the Trusts activities. I chatted to Karen and Sarah, amongst others, and learned about the success of the charity and the dedication of those involved. Both caravans are fully booked for the season which runs from March to October and on arrival, guests will receive a selection of groceries and drinks to “Kick start” them. The Crowhurst site will accommodate a family of up to six and the Combe Haven site a family of up to eight. The Trust needs regular income to provide the services but costs are mitigated by the large number of volunteer hours that are put in.
I said to Sarah that it was such a shame about the weather and no doubt it had lowered the visitors but Sarah said, “I’m really pleased with the number we have had and it’s more than we had expected! We were so pleased to receive the money from Rotary to help us with our projects and it’s nice to see you coming along.”